City Installs 'Talking' Bus Stops
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
June 29, 2005
BRISTOL, ENGLAND--New technology installed in bus stops across Bristol's city center is making bus information accessible to blind and partially sighted passengers.
According to the BBC, the system allows passengers to press an electronic button at Passenger Information displays which then activates a voice that tells the current time, bus stop name, service number, destination and arrival time of buses.
"We are delighted that Bristol is pioneering this new technology which has already been of tremendous benefit to blind and partially-sighted people over the last few months," said Mike Holroyd, spokesperson for the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB).
The system was launched on June 28 in conjunction with National Deafblind Awareness Week. The advocacy charity DeafBlind UK estimates that there are 24,000 people who are both blind and deaf in the United Kingdom.