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Hull tests smart tech for bus stops and crossings

Man using smart crossing
Image source: Hull City Council

Hull City Council has begun a trial of smart technology aimed at making its bus stops and pedestrian crossings easier to use for people with visual impairments and other disabilities.

It is working with supplier Sm@rt Technology on the use of Smart Cross and Smart Bus solutions at four locations around the city this month.

Smart Cross enables touch-free use of pedestrian crossings for people, such as those with Parkinson’s disease, who find pressing a button difficult.

It can be retrofitted to existing crossings and includes a sensor that allows a pedestrian to activate the crossing by holding their hand under the push button unit and waiting for the signal to change.

Real time info

Smart Bus provides real time information through a discrete box at the bus stop that sends information to an app that can display it on a screen or read it aloud.

Cllr Mark Ieronimo, Hull’s portfolio holder for roads, highways and transport, said: “As a council, we want to make our roads safer and more accessible for everyone.

“We hope this smart technology will make things a bit easier for some of the more vulnerable members of our communities.”


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