A new app is launching in Portsmouth to help people with limited mobility plan their travel routes with ease.
The Route4U app is free and is described as “a handy pavement navigation app and information system which will benefit wheelchair and pram users.”
It aims to allow users to discover safer, more accessible routes across the city.
Portsmouth is the first city in the UK to introduce the new technology, following a successful pilot scheme.
It is available on Apple and Android and has been commissioned by the Portsmouth City Council.
The app also indicates pavement obstacles, surface quality, kerb heights, widths, inclines and travel distances.
It provides route planning and turn-by-turn navigation for wheelchair users, and it can be customised to each person’s own needs.
Pam Turton, assistant director of Transport for the Portsmouth City Council, said: “I’m delighted that we can support people with limited mobility by introducing Route4U to the city. This new technology will have many benefits for people who visit, work and live here.”
Adding: “The app gives people more flexibility over their journeys, saving them time and enabling them to live fuller, more productive lives. I hope that this free app will give people the confidence to travel independently and make them less reliant on their cars for short distances, saving them money and improving their wellbeing.”
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Tamas Szekely, the CMO of Route4U, commented: “The infrastructure in Portsmouth is surprisingly well-built compared with other European cities, but temporary obstacles and pavement defects over time are simply unavoidable. Users can upload a report in less than 30 seconds, saving a lot of struggling for wheelchair users.”
Designers say that system can also help the council’s transport planners better design, maintain and improve pavement accessibility.