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App to help those with disabilities get around expected to be launched by mid-2019

Tool maps out shortest barrier-free routes; it is expected to be launched by mid-2019

Mr Najulah Mohamed (right) volunteered to collect data, through sensors attached to his wheelchair, on routes accessible to users of mobility aids.
Mr Najulah Mohamed (above) volunteered to collect data, through sensors attached to his wheelchair, on routes accessible to users of mobility aids.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

For Mr Najulah Mohamed, 22, getting around Singapore is far from a smooth ride. The Singapore Management University (SMU) undergraduate, who was born with brittle bone disease, uses Google Maps to plan his route, but there is no telling if parts of the journey, say from the MRT station to his destination, would be accessible to his wheelchair till he gets there.

There could be bumps, bollards, steps, stairs, slopes or uneven pavements that pose a real hazard to someone with mobility issues.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 31, 2018, with the headline 'App to help those with disabilities get around'. Print Edition | Subscribe