Lyft to provide rides to blind and low vision passengers

Lyft created a Braille map of the self-driving route riders will travel on

Lyft to provide rides to blind and low vision passengers. Source: squarespace.com

Lyft announced it has partnered with the National Federation of the Blind and Aptiv to bring Aptiv’s self-driving technology to Lyft’s blind and low vision rider community.

Autonomous vehicles have the potential to provide a level of mobility and independence that blind people have never experienced, enhancing our ability to live the lives we want. We are pleased to collaborate with Lyft and Aptiv, companies that recognize the importance of incorporating input from the blind so that driving will be accessible to all. This demonstration will allow future blind drivers to experience and begin providing feedback about this technology, paving the way for the development of a nonvisual user interface and other inclusive design elements
Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind

To create an informative self-driving experience for riders, Lyft worked alongside LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired to create Braille guides for self-driving riders. These materials include a Braille map of the self-driving route riders will travel on, as well as a diagram of Aptiv’s self-driving vehicle.

Lyft worked on creating Braille guides for self-driving riders. Source: blog.lyft.com

Together with Aptiv and the National Federation of the Blind, Lyft is showcasing how self-driving vehicles, and the technology powering them, has the potential to enhance transportation solutions for those who have traditionally faced barriers to mobility.

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