Prof. Dr. Sebastian Ritterbusch, Stefan Siebert, Harald Kucharek
In unfamiliar urban areas, it is often difficult for the blind and visually impaired to find their way around. SafeRoute – Pedestrian Navigation for the Blind guides these people along safer paths through unknown terrain while providing important safety information on crossings and traffic lights.
Pedestrian guidance benefits most from sub-metre GNSS positioning. This solution, which is more accurate and more widely applicable than other online routing systems, will exploit the public service availability of the Galileo satellite network.
SafeRoute aids one of the most vulnerable groups – people with blindness – by addressing the specific need for accurate guidance on paths and advice on where to cross streets. The ability to get around safely will improve these people’s lives and promote their inclusion in social activities and the workforce.
Thanks to worldwide map coverage from OpenStreetMap and a level of routing robustness that meets various standards of map data quality, SafeRoute can be used all over the world. In light of our aging society, people with blindness and impaired vision make up a huge market that will continue to present a strong business case.
People with blindness need accurate guidance and information on where to cross roads. The ability to get around safely will improve their lives and their inclusion in social activities and the workforce. For those who can see, this solution improves on existing navigation services.