Wheely features accessible subway maps, specific directions and maps to subway elevators, and reviews on local accessible places.
Driscoll was inspired to create the Wheely app after traveling with his father who is diagnosed with MS and depends on a power chair to get around. When Driscoll moved to New York City to attend graduate school at Parsons School of Design, his family would often visit and he would spend hours researching how to get from place to place. Though subway maps can show which lines are accessible and where elevators are located, sometimes the elevators are out of service. He realized that there was a great need for accurate and updated visual maps and directions to accessible places in the city.
The Wheely app aims to help wheelchair and stroller users find their way around the city by providing custom accessible subway maps licensed by the MTA, fully integrated Google Directions and exact GPS locations of elevators, real-time elevator statuses, and customized neighborhood maps with elevator locations, including snapshots of these elevator locations to make them easier to find. The app also provides users with location aware push notifications.
Wheely aims to spread awareness that accessibility is a right. Driscoll launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $5,000 to complete the development of the app’s iOS platform. Backers can become a beta tester for as low as $5.
The Wheely Kickstarter campaign ends August 22.