WeWalk has invented a smart device that attaches to a white cane, warning users of obstacles through ultrasonic sensors and a vibrating handle. It is paired with the WeWalk app via Bluetooth so they can access mobility services from the cane.
Figures from the World Health Organisation show there are more than 253 million visually impaired people worldwide, many of which rely on a white cane to get around.
Moovit says the combined technology allows people to navigate to bus stops more easily and ensure they are at the correct station as well as access real-time arrival information.
They can also obtain step by step guidance for the entire journey and 'get off alerts' to ensure boarding and alighting at the right stop, the company adds.
Yovav Meydad, Moovit’s chief growth and marketing officer, says: “While blind and partially sighted people have more independence than ever before, getting around via public transit can still be daunting and overwhelming. Through our partnership, we aim to instil more reassurance in people by breaking down some of these mobility barriers, empowering them to access more opportunities available to them.”