This is how TransLink is testing new navigation expertise
NaviLens coded decals have been put in at three places in Metro Vancouver.

TransLink is testing a brand new accessibility device — the primary of its type in Canada — that may assist prospects with sight loss higher navigate the transit system independently.

Beginning in late February, transit prospects can obtain the NaviLens app from the App Retailer or Google Play to scan specialised coded decals at three transit places in New Westminster and Vancouver.

The decals work similar to QR codes — solely they’re greater and brighter, and they are often scanned from as much as 14 metres away.

TransLink Accessible Navigation Project NaviLens coded decal at bus stop.
NaviLens coded decal at TransLink bus cease.

As soon as the decals are scanned, the app gives audio directions that information prospects to bus stops and precise factors of pick-up.

The app may establish close by facilities, comparable to elevators, and supply real-time data alerts.

The way it works

  • No focus is required to scan codes
  • Codes may be scanned in all mild situations
  • The app can be utilized whereas the shopper is shifting
Person with sight loss using NaviLens app to scan coded decal at elevator..
The NaviLens app helps individuals with sight loss in cities all over the world. (Picture: Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona)

The NaviLens system is in use all over the world, in cities comparable to New York Metropolis, Liverpool, and Madrid, to assist individuals with sight loss discover their manner in public areas, together with transit methods, rail stations, and buying centres.

The progressive expertise has even been examined on cereal containers within the UK to learn aloud labelling and allergy data.

The place to seek out them

  • Sixteen NaviLens codes have been put in at three TransLink places
    • 10 bus bays at New Westminster SkyTrain Station
    • 4 bus stops close to the CNIB workplace in New Westminster
    • Two bus stops close to the VCC campus on East Broadway in Vancouver
Bus parked beside bus stop with NaviLens coded decal attached to it.
Accessible Navigation Mission NaviLens coded decal.

Final 12 months, TransLink started putting in braille signage at each bus cease – roughly 8,400 – all through Metro Vancouver. As well as, we’re additionally putting in tactile strolling floor indicators at each bus cease on TransLink-owned and leased property.

The Accessible Navigation Mission will run for six months and be evaluated for future enlargement all through the area.

Go to for extra data or to take part within the pilot.