UI professor creates crosswalk system that helps blind people
News, May 22 2011
MOSCOW, Idaho — A University of Idaho (UI) professor has developed a system being installed in cities around the country that helps visually impaired pedestrians safely cross intersections.
Professor Richard Wall tells KLEW-TV that the Advanced Accessible Pedestrian System provides audible signals as well as raised arrows that tell visually impaired walkers when and in what direction it’s safe to cross.
The intersection at Sixth and Deakin in Moscow has been equipped with the system, becoming the first intersection in the city to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Researchers say as many as 90 intersections around the country could be equipped with the system this year.