AccessibleMaps are 'talking city maps' offering geographic information online and on mobile phone to persons with visual impairments. The description of the city environment is read out loud by a synthetic voice.

Solution
City maps, read out loud
Organization
CEIT ALANOVA - Central European Institute of Technology
Country of Implementation
Austria
Region
Europe
Subregion
Western Europe
In cooperation with
Hilfsgemeinschaft der Blinden & Sehschwachen
First published
31.01.2014

The spoken description of the map gives an idea of what a street looks like, how long it is, and what infrastructure, shops, and parks are nearby. The tool can be used to prepare for an upcoming trip or, via the mobile application, to get detailed information about one's surroundings while walking through the city.

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Screenshot of the web-based AccessibleMap.

Solution details

People

Julia NEUSCHMID
“AccessibleMap contributes to the information society. Persons with visual impairments are given the chance to participate in new media, information and communication technologies in the form of web-based city maps.” Klaus HÖCKNER

A prototype of the 'talking city map' for Vienna has been launched. The spoken description of the map gives an idea of what a street looks like, how long it is, and what infrastructure, shops, and parks are nearby. The tool can be used to prepare for an upcoming trip or, via the mobile application, to get detailed information about one's surroundings while walking through the city. Currently the spoken voice is only available in German but it is planned to implement more languages at a later stage.

Problems Targeted

Until now, maps and city maps available on the internet were not accessible to persons with visual impairments. To enable the independent usage of online and mobile city maps and to convey an idea of one's surroundings or current location, this online and mobile application was developed.

Solution, Innovation and Impact

Online maps made accessible

Media

Pictures

74_Accessible Maps_Hilfsgem_CEIT_FotoScreenshot of the web-based AccessibleMap.

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Country of Implementation

Austria

Region of Implementation

Europe