Talking GPS apps for North America, the United Kingdom, and Ireland

Date Posted: 05/07/2014

Sendero Group, a developer of accessible GPS (Global Positioning System) and talking map software, this week launched a second fully accessible turn-by-turn GPS application (app) for the iPhone on the tail of its release of one for North America. The RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) Navigator, which offers wayfinding information for the United Kingdom and Ireland, was released on May 4, 2014. The Seeing Eye GPS, which was described as the first fully accessible GPS product for the iPhone when it was released, offers navigation information for the United States and Canada and is in its fourth iteration (version 1.4 was released in March 2014). Both apps include all the typical features expected of GPS navigation products, plus features that meet the unique needs of individuals who are blind. For example, instead of multiple layers of menus, the three main navigation elements are situated in the lower portion of every screen; the cross street and its orientation are announced at intersections, and intersections are described according to the clock-face configuration of the streets; and directions are provided appropriately for pedestrian and vehicle routes, including heads-up announcements for approaching turns, turn now, continue straight, and points of interest. With the LookAround Wand feature, individuals can point their phones in any direction to hear about establishments that are nearby. The apps can be downloaded for free, but require monthly subscriptions to operate. RNIB Navigator and The Seeing Eye GPS are designed to be compatible with various iPhone devices—iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad WiFi 3G, iPad 2 WiFi 3G, iPad WiFi 4G, iPad mini Wi-Fi Cellular—running the operating system iOS 6.0 or later. The apps use the Apple VoiceOver feature for audio voice output and do not contain their own voice synthesizer. RNIB Navigator and The Seeing Eye GPS can be downloaded from the iTunes store, and the RNIB Navigator User Guide can be found online. For more information, contact: Sendero Group, 429 F Street, Suite 4, Davis, CA 95616; e-mail:; website:

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