MBTA Tests Bluetooth Beacons for Blind and Visually Impaired

The smartphone mobile application called Blindways, created by Perkins Solutions, uses Bluetooth technology to pick up signals sent by beacons on bus stops.

A woman waits by a bus stop, listening to the BlindWays app on her phone

Blinways uses Bluetooth technology to pick up signals sent by beacons on bus stops.

May 7, 2018

The MBTA and the Perkins School for the Blind are starting a pilot program designed to help visually-imparted people on their daily commutes.

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The smartphone mobile application called Blindways, created by Perkins Solutions uses Bluetooth technology to pick up signals sent by beacons a bus stops.

“As the person who's traveling walks towards a bus top they will feel a vibration on their iPhone and that vibration which will call haptic feedback,  it will grow stronger as they approach the bus stop,” said Louisa Agayar, Executive Director at the Perkins School.

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