OSM data to be used in mobility app for people with visual impairment

The new Amai (in Dutch) projects have been announced. The goal of Amai is to inform citizens about AI and involve them in the development of new applications for AI in Flanders. One of the winning projects is the Lili app (in Dutch) and OpenStreetMap is one of the project partners. With the Lili-app, visually impaired people will receive instructions to navigate safely from A to B. OpenStreetMap data will be used to inform e.g. about the characteristics of sidewalks (surface, width … ) or about upcoming crossings (Is this a crossing with traffic lights? If so, do they have sound signals? Is there tactile paving present?).

The testing ground for the development of the app will be Bruges, more specifically the area within the historic fortifications (“de vesten” in Dutch). More information will follow on how the community can help with the project, but of course you can already start today:

  • by collecting streetview imagery in Bruges (preferebly from the viewpoint of a pedestrian) and uploading it to Mapillary or another platform of choice
  • by improving the data quality in Bruges. Have a look at the OSM for the blind wiki page to find out what tagging we’re looking for, use the Mapcomplete theme for the blind or make sure you answer StreetComplete quests like “What kind of crossing is this?”, “Does this crosswalk have tactile paving on both ends?”, “Are there sound signals for the blind here?” …

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