Google provides $1 million grant to fund Wayfindr, a program that assists visually impaired London Underground commuters through beacon technology

Google’s charitable arm has donated $1 million to help spread blind navigation technology throughout cities worldwide. Starting in London, the Wayfindr program will develop an app that works with Bluetooth beacons to guide users through physical environments with audio cues but, more importantly, it’s developing the first open standard for such systems globally.

Wayfindr, a not-for-profit joint venture between ustwo and Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB) will set the first standardized guidelines for using smartphones to guide vision impaired people in urban areas. The London Underground (LU) has commissioned full-scale trial of digital navigation system at Euston Tube station where blind and partially sighted people use the navigation system to help the navigate the train systems.

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