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Australian Startup to Revolutionize Wheelchair Navigation
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Australian Startup to Revolutionize Wheelchair Navigation

An Australian startup recently announced a route-navigating app for wheelchair users. The Australian company has developed a mobile application to help wheelchair users find the suitable routes. The newly developed mobile app is expected to revolutionize the way wheelchair gets around, providing people with disabilities a great navigation tool.

According to reports, the mobile app will be able to predict the shortest possible routes for wheelchair-using people to get around, starting with the University of Wollongong, where the pilot program was first launched. The Navability app aims to make moving around easier and faster for people with reduced mobility by providing reliable accessibility information.

About the newly developed mobile application for wheelchair users:

Developed by the Australia-based startup, Briometrix, and the University of Wollongong’s Digital Living Lab, the Navability app will make use of data provided by the cloud-based CogniCity Solution. CogniCity is a cloud-based solution developed by the University of Wollongong’s SMART Infrastructure Facility. The company has picked the University of Wollongong (UOW) campus as the first Australian campus to pilot the newly developed mobile application.

The mobile app will use the location-based technology in Google Maps and also monitors exercise, to create routes based on a person’s ability to drive their wheelchair. It uses a sensor that can measure around 40 physical movements made by the wheelchair user. Each time a wheelchair user uses the mobile app to drive the wheelchair, the collected data will update the mobile app to ensure it reflects any changes made in the system.

The Australian company plans to expand the pilot program to Wollongong City and other Australian locations. Additionally, It also plans to integrate the newly developed program with Google Maps and other tools such as TripAdvisor.

In addition to navigation and routes, the company also plans to incorporate health and fitness features for wheelchair users. The Navability app is expected to be rolled out by next year.

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