UK: Briteyellow has been awarded up to £120 000 from the Department for Transport’s Accessibility Transport Research & Innovation Grants programme to develop its BriteWay journey planning and station navigation system which aims to provide disabled people with the confidence to travel.

BriteWay uses a mix of augmented and virtual reality to provide a digital twin of a station which people can access from home to understand the station layout, availability of staff, the locations of help points, platform accessibility and how to find their way around crowded indoor spaces.

Once at the station, travellers would be able to use ultra-precision augmented reality wayfinding and intelligent routing options to find the optimal route and avoid crowded areas. This would take into account real-time information about the status of facilities such as lifts or toilets.

Briteyellow said it is actively seeking transport operators to work with to develop the technology.