Moovit and WeWalk help blind riders

Combined tech ensures blind riders are at the correct station, Moovit says
Detection, Monitoring & Machine Vision / December 10, 2021
By Ben Spencer
Moovit Transit WeWalk smart cane blind users transport World Health Organisation 'get off alerts'
Moovit says riders can obtain step by step guidance for the entire journey (image credit: WeWalk)

Moovit is integrating its transit application programming interface (API) into WeWalk's smart cane to help blind or partially sighted people use transport more confidently.

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.”

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