Tactile Traffic Maps Could Help Blind Pedestrians Navigate

Touch Graphics, a company that makes navigation technology that incorporates information from several senses, has been working with New York’s Department of Transportation to test tactile maps—diagrams with three-dimensional features and braille text—at a busy intersection near a resource center for blind people. Such maps are important because increasingly complex street layouts are making it harder for visually impaired pedestrians to know what they will find after stepping off the curb. The project is part of the city’s initiative to eliminate pedestrian traffic fatalities. If the trial is successful, these maps could be installed at all New York’s 13,000 traffic lights, according to Touch Graphics president Steven Landau.

Link: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/tactile-traffic-maps-could-help-blind-pedestrians-navigate/