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Gett tweaks its UK taxi app to help visually-impaired users

Matt Brian, @m4tt
July 15, 2015
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Thanks to smartphone apps, hailing a taxi no longer requires memorising the phone number of the local cab company or gesturing at a passing driver in the street. However, none of these options are particularly useful if someone is visually impaired. Gett, the black taxi app formerly known as GetTaxi, agreed more could be done to help its blind or partially-sighted users, so it acted on a suggestion by an Israeli teenager to overhaul its iOS and Android apps.

The company has built upon the stellar accessibility features already included in Apple and Android smartphones to guide visually-impaired users through its app using voice prompts. Customers in the UK, New York, Russia and Israel will be the first to enjoy the new functionality, which can also be found in other taxi apps like Uber. The app update is also backed by The Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB), giving riders more peace of mind when navigating around Gett's 18 new supported cities.

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