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

Blindways 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 impaired 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 at bus stops.

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

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