The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has supported Sendero Group, the pioneers of accessible GPS, to create RNIB Navigator, a fully accessible turn-by-turn GPS iPhone app with all the normal navigation features of a GPS app plus unique features for blind or partially sighted users in the UK.
Although this product is free to download from the app store with a one month free trial available. After the initial month, a subscription charge is payable upon launching the app.
RNIB Navigator is a fully accessible turn-by-turn GPS iPhone app. The features unique to blind and partially sighted users include:
Instead of multiple layers of menus, the three important navigation elements are on the lower portion of every screen: Route, POIs and Location.
At intersections, the cross street and its orientation are announced.
Intersections are described (e.g. four-way) with the clock face orientation of the streets.
Directions are configured appropriately for Pedestrian and Vehicle routes, including heads-up announcements for approaching turns, turn now, continue straight and upcoming turns.
If one wanders off the route, it's automatically recalculated and updated turn information is announced.
Point your phone in a given direction to hear what is nearby with the LookAround Wand.
Nearby Points of interest and intersections are automatically announced.