If you use a wheelchair or travel with someone who does, you know the obstacles you face when navigating around a city. Getting to your destination in a wheelchair van is one thing, but once you arrive there are many challenges to overcome. This includes stairs, high curbs, sidewalks in need of repair and many other similar barriers.
The good news is that help has arrived! The help is in the form of smartphone apps that work to pinpoint wheelchair accessible routes for the disability community. Now, when you travel around in your wheelchair van conversion to your local or vacation destination you can simply bring up an app on your smartphone to determine the best route to take that won’t be impeded by obstacles and barriers to wheelchairs.
Here’s a look at some of the more popular apps available:
SAFETRIP – World’s First Healthcare Transportation App
If you have disability needs or have a friend or family member who does, SAFETRIP app can provide transportation comfort and convenience for those who use a wheelchair. Whether you’re heading out to pick up a prescription or you’re traveling to a doctor’s appointment, SAFETRIP can meet your needs.
Like many transportation providers, they use specialized vehicles like wheelchair conversion vans, EMS vehicles and premium cars. They also provide large vans and ambulances for emergency purposes.
Navability – Finding the Ideal Path
This unique smartphone app incorporates algorithms that utilize wheelchair’s maneuverability, along with surface obstacles and other factors that help calculate the best route to take. The app selects routes that keep you within your ideal zone, while helping to conserve your energy and the chair’s battery life. Displaying paths that are highlighted in distinct colors the app shows how a particular route will impact you and helps you make appropriate choices as you travel.
One of the top navigation apps is getting serious about letting people know about wheelchair accessible routes. It’s tapping into its vast user network to make its Maps application a lot more useful for those who have mobility challenges.
Google Maps currently shows if a location is wheelchair accessible, but now it’s using data from more than 30-million local guides who provide information on about different neighborhood destinations. The information includes both photos and tips and is designed to expand Google’s accessibility features.
The fact is that Google has been involved in accessibility issues since 2010, but now it’s taking a more aggressive approach. One of the biggest advances is helping people with disabilities navigate cities using public transit.
This additional information is designed to show people who use wheelchairs or have mobility issues those transit stations, stops and routes that are wheelchair friendly. The newer wheelchair accessible routes for navigating city transit help those with disabilities reach their destinations faster and more conveniently.
The rollout of the enhanced Google Maps is starting in several major metro transit centers around the globe. Initial cities include New York, Boston, London, Mexico City, and Sydney, with an expanded rollout to many other cities in the coming months.