Hungarian application, Route4U has been around since 2014, and by now it has gained well-deserved international recognition, szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu reports. Route4U is yet another Hungarian invention to be proud of.
The name Route4U might ring a bell for a reason, we have already reported on the matter when the application was first presented at a press conference in Budapest in 2015. Back then, the start-up project was available only in Hungarian and it could be downloaded for Android only. The application has gone through serious development since then. The mobile application is now available free of charge for both Android and iOS.
Route4U is a mobile map designed for people with special needs when it comes to transportation.
The seemingly simple act of getting from point A to point B poses many challenges for people with physical disabilities, and this application is designed to make the life of these people much easier. How does it work? The app surveys the sidewalks with the help of built-in sensors, it helps its users to find the best accessible places based on other users’ ratings and it shows the most comfortable routes toward specific destinations. The app makes it easier for people in wheelchairs to design their routes in advance, knowing what places or routes to avoid.
It is important to mention that
even though Route4U focuses on people in wheelchairs, this application is extremely useful for parents with strollers too.
The use of Route4U is not recommended for blind or visually impaired people, because the sensors only survey the sidewalk, and certain barriers, that are easily bypassed by people who see them, go unreported, while these barriers can cause serious difficulties for blind users.
How does the application collect its data?
Besides the built-in sensors that survey the sidewalks, users are welcome to report observations or problems manually, thus helping to improve the app’s database.
Reporting information on where one can stumble upon curbs, slopes, or marking the buildings that have accessible entrances or accessible toilets are all helpful. People can report obstacles and upload photos of them so that other users become aware of those obstacles as well. Users can also rate certain places based on their accessibility.
Anyone who finds accessibility to be an important issue can help to improve the app. People who do not have any kind of disability or difficulty with transportation can also use the app and rate places, report buildings that offer accessible entrances or toilets. Someone’s entire world (or at least their daily routine) might change with the help of a few clicks.