Provide GPS navigation/wayfinding features on mobile devices

The rapid development of both GPS navigation devices and mobile devices has opened up an opportunity for the development of intelligent wayfinding systems for people who need assistance due to blindness or cognitive disabilities. These systems can tell the user’s real-time location, give directions to a destination, and assist with public transportation.

Discussion by Disabilities (Benefits & Preferred Behaviors)


Mobile GPS navigation devices with audio interfaces can help people who are blind identify their location and safely navigate to a destination.

Cognitive, Language, Learning Disabilities & Low Literacy

Mobile navigation devices can assist people with cognitive disabilities in living independently by giving directions to a destination, giving advice on how to navigate public transportation, and connecting to real-time assistance from caregivers.

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FP7-ICT, From 2014-01-01 to 2016-12-31, closed project. The objective of CAP4Access is to develop and pilot-test methods and tools for collectively gathering and sharing information about accessibility of public spaces.