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Researchers develop navigation app for the blind

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Researchers and students at the University of Minnesota are developing a smartphone app to help blind and visually impaired people navigate streets in Minneapolis.

A recent graduate says ongoing construction created many obstacles for her as she walked around campus.

The Minnesota Daily reports the app will guide Nicole Plan and other visually impaired or blind people safely through intersections. It will provide the description of a crosswalk as the app user approaches it and allow them to request walk signals.

The project began in 2010 and is nearly complete. A senior assistance engineer at the University's Minnesota Traffic Observatory says the research team still needs to obtain important traffic signal information from city officials before the app goes live.

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