How can electronic mobility aids and smartphone apps help me find my way around?

Devices and Software

GPS apps, devices and software can give you information about your current location and how to get to your destination. They use a combination of maps and audible directions to help with navigation.

Ultra Cane is a smart cane, equipped with an ultrasound system that provides a hazard protection envelope in front of the head and chest of the user. Two ultrasound transducers provide you with range data on close potential hazards, such as plants, people, road signs, and over-hanging branches. More information can be found on the Ultra Cane website:

Trekker Breeze is a handheld device that verbally announces streets, landmarks, bus stops and other places of interest around you. You can also record routes to your favourite destinations and save locations.

BrailleNote is a small portable computer which can have GPS software installed on it, so it can provide directions either through braille or audio.

Smartphone apps

Google Maps and Apple Maps are in-built navigation tools on smartphones that help you to navigate your way around. There are also a number of apps such as Ariadne GPS and 'Where am I?' which you can use in conjunction with Apple and Google Maps, to enhance them. 

You could also try:

  • RNIB Navigator app which is subscription-based, and NowNav app, can both help you to plan your route and get to your destination more easily. 
  • Blind Square is an indoor and outdoor navigation app.
  • CitymapperTraveline GB and Translink (for journeys in Northern Ireland only) can be a very helpful way to plan your journey on public transport.
  • UK Bus CheckerArriva Bus and NextBuses can tell you when the next bus is arriving, show bus stops and routes.
  • Uber and Addison Lee taxi apps are all accessible and allow you to book taxis as well as track your journey and see where your taxi is.

For more information on planning your journey see How can I plan my journey in advance?

You can also contact our Helpline:

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