According to a survey carried out by the Royal London Society for the Blind (RLSB), a quarter of the visually-impaired youth are nervous about taking buses, trains or the underground in London. RLSB teamed up with the London-based design studio Ustwo to create an app that helps visually-impaired riders navigate underground subways.
"Called Wayfindr, the mobile app locates the user’s location within a subway station by picking up signals emitted from bluetooth “beacons” that have been strategically placed throughout. The signals prompt the app to provide spoken instructions that tell users which station they’re entering, for example, how many steps a particular staircase has, and which trains are to their right and left. The app even issues an alert when users approach the end of an escalator." (CityLab)
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