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Guidance devices for the blind
TMB is working to make Barcelona buses and metros accessible to the blind with guidance devices and radio frequency markers.
Dispositius de guia per a invidents a metro i bus
Continuing with its commitment to making the entire Barcelona transport network accessible, TMB is developing a project to improve independence for the blind and partially sighted.
TMB has been working on two pilot schemes, along with the Vodafone Spain Foundation, the ONCE Foundation, the TMB Foundation and in collaboration with the Mobile World Capital Barcelona Foundation since July 2015, is working on two pilot schemes with a mobile app and radio frequency beacons that guide blind passengers wishing to board metros and buses.
In the metro, beacons interact with an app on users’ smartphones to guide them safely between the station entrance and the train.
At bus stops, users automatically get identification of the buses stopping there, with the bus number and destination, so that they can decide whether to board or not. At the same time, the driver is alerted that a blind or partially-sighted person is at the stop.
These devices have already been tested in real environments in Diagonal metro station and at a bus stop in the Zona Franca district of Barcelona.
This project is part of TMB’s Universal Accessibility Master Plan, thanks to which measures have been introduced to facilitate mobility for the blind and partially sighted. In regard to the metro, tactile metro maps and a Braille metro guide have been available since 2012.
On buses and the Barcelona Bus Turístic, there are visual and auditory stop warnings and devices with information for the blind outside.
For more information on accessibility in the bus and metro networks, go to “Accessibility and reduced mobility”.