Developed For The Visually Impaired, App Aims To Get You Closer To The Bus Stop

A woman wearing a raincoat and carrying a white cane waits near a nonedescript post on a street with a tree and another post nearby..

Joann Becker navigates the public transit system independently, but finding a bus stop precisely is nearly impossible. Perkins Solutions is developing an app that aims to solve that. (Anna Miller/Perkins School for the Blind)

May 23, 2016

WATERTOWN, Mass. When Google Maps tells you, “You have arrived,” how often is it true? Are you right at the door, or 50 feet away?

For most, it’s not a big challenge to overcome.

Now imagine that you’re blind. Those extra 50 feet could leave you stranded.

That’s the problem that the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown wants to solve with a new smartphone app — and it’s looking for help from the public.

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