SeeLight app helps the blind navigate city streets through audible cues that instruct users on when to cross the road

Imagine trying to cross a busy city street without being able to see the traffic lights change color or glance down the road to make sure the oncoming cars have stopped. For the blind and visually impaired, that’s just one aspect of navigating the world that presents a challenge, but an app called SeeLight aims to solve this problem, one traffic light at a time.

Only 10 percent of traffic lights are equipped with audible signals and tactile paving that helps the visually impaired “feel” their way safely across the road, according to Hungry Boys, the Russian digital agency that pioneered development of the SeeLight app. While it might not be realistic to expect traffic lights worldwide to soon be optimized for use by the blind, with this app, it might not matter.

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