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Challenge / Goal

The simplification of the transitions between the individual means of transportation is a challenge for the multimodal mobility. In this measure the focus is on special transportation needs of deaf and blind persons. The short term goal is to make an indoor routing app for deaf and blind persons available. This app is based on “Beacons” and will give needed information to facilitate the multimodal mobility of this target group.


For this measure, a routing app for the visually impaired was implemented based on existing services of the local public transport corporation (MVG). This was supported by installing beacons inside public transport stations. The beacons send bluetooth signals to users that have installed the corresponding app on their mobile devices. They can locate users as they approach, and upon receiving the bluetooth signal, the app directs users with verbal instructions, such as the location of stores and ticket machines, or how many steps are in a staircase, tailored to the destination they wish to travel to. 

During the development phase, the beacons was temporarily installed in a public transport station in Munich so that the app could be tested in cooperation with the local association of the visually impaired. As a result of this measure, further opportunities of using beacons for indoor routing in all public transport stations will be explored.



Provide indoor routing information

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Time period

Planning time: 6 months to 1 year

Implementation time: 1 to 2 years


City of Munich

End users

Citizens with Impairments

    Main benefits

  • Improving public transport accessibility

  • Improving life quality

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