San Antonio, TX – The VIA Metropolitan Transit has launched the NaviLens system, a new technology designed to improve accessibility and usability for all riders, with a focus on those who are blind, visually impaired or non-English speaking. The system includes installing QR code-style signs at bus stops and transit locations across the city, with plans to implement 6,000 signs by next year.

The NaviLens app uses the phone’s camera to detect nearby signs up to 60 feet away and provides clear instructions in over 34 languages. When scanned with a smartphone and the free NaviLens app, these signs provide audio instructions to help drivers navigate to stops and buses in real time. In addition to navigation assistance, NaviLens will also offer information about the next bus and updates for more efficient trip planning.

VIA Communications Manager Lorraine Pulido highlighted the app’s benefits for non-English speakers, stating that it provides audio information in up to 34 languages. “The NaviLens app is an important step towards making transportation more accessible and user-friendly for everyone,” said Pulido. “We believe this technology will revolutionize the way people travel.”

The rollout cost over $600,000 and was federally funded as part of an effort to improve accessibility. By the end of 2024, San Antonio aims to be the first city in the US to adopt NaviLens system-wide. Pulido believes this technology will “revolutionize the way people travel.”

For those interested in trying out the NaviLens app, installation and usage details can be found on the VIA website.

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