The accessibility of travel is climbing up the legislative and social agendas.
Earlier this year, #Sydney became the first #Australian #airport to launch a navigation system for the visually impaired. Thanks to #technology from a company called #Aira, passengers can now navigate not only from their vehicle to their gate, but they can also enjoy the amenities the airport offers, such as #food, #drinks, #shops, etc. Moreover, while wearing special smart glasses, the app can connect the user to a 24/7 Aira agent who can personalise information and in a friendly manner guide them through the area. With the help of the agent, users can easily locate and identify their luggage or read flight boards.
Additionally, the app makes use of ride-hailing services and helps users order, for example, an #Uber. In 2017, #Ireland’s #Shannonairport became the first one in #Europe to install a soothing sensory room. Here individuals can #relax with the low colour-changing LED lights and mellow #music on. There are also cloud and solar system projections, wavy walls, or illuminated bubbles and fish.#Houston’s two airports have teamed up and launched an app to guide travellers with #developmentaldisabilities, such as #autism, throughout their #HoustonAirport System. According to research, about 13 percent of #Americans are estimated to have hidden disabilities, such as autism, which translates to up to 20,000 passengers daily in Houston alone. The free technology uses short picture stories, checklist feature, terminal maps, and other resources to help all travellers to have smooth travel experience.
Over four out of five local authorities in the #UK have fewer than one wheelchair-accessible #taxi per 1,000 residents. Moreover, 34 percent of the authorities still do not require all or part of the taxi fleets to be accessible by wheelchair.
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