27 Sep '16, 7pm

Perkins School for the Blind launches navigational app for bus riders with visual impairments

Perkins School for the Blind launches navigational app for bus riders with visual impairments

Images courtesy Perkins School for the Blind A free iPhone app designed to help people who are blind or visually impaired better access public transportation is now available. The mobile app, BlindWays, is the first-ever app launched by the Perkins School for the Blind . The micronavigation app provides user-submitted navigational clues to help bus riders with visual impairments locate outdoor bus stops more precisely. Perkins Solutions conceived the app and sought seed funding from the Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities initiative. Supported by cloud computing services, BlindWays has the potential to be scaled up and adapted for bus systems anywhere in the world. Perkins is introducing this solution first on Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) routes. “For people who are blind or visually impaired, finding the bus stop means more than just getting on the ...

Full article: http://www.metro-magazine.com/accessibility/news/715682/s...

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