First / last mile solutions for individuals with disabilities
The Austin Technology Incubator is pleased to announce that Tappy Guide is joining ATI as a new addition to its sustainability portfolio. Tappy Guide specializes in smart city and transportation technology for both individuals with disabilities as well as senior citizens. Earlier this year they were chosen as co-winner of the Austin City:One Challenge, recognized for their new mobility innovation by the city of Austin.
Bringing back the “human element” when in need of assistance.
One of mobility’s toughest challenges for an individual with a disability is providing a safe and simple solution to support the First / Last Mile problem. Tappy Guide has a mobile app that provides navigation guides for the visually impaired, hearing impaired, senior citizens and others with mobility impairments. “We designed the Tappy Guide app to help cities and transportation systems become smarter for the disabled,” said John Petrous, founder and CEO, “by building a user-friendly technology that eliminates the First / Last Mile challenges providing true point-to-point, demand-response service.” In addition to offering guides for indoor and outdoor locations, Tappy Guide also employs live advisors who can provide people the comfort of interacting with a real person to truly understand their surroundings and accessibility needs.
Tappy Guide, the virtual assistant for transit, navigation, and accessibility includes:
- Virtual assistance – the only mobile app that virtually assists the disabled with real-time data and location.
- Transit – addresses the first mile/last mile transit problem by providing outdoor navigation for directions and discovery when exploring new surroundings.
- Navigation – supports indoor navigation at participating businesses such as office buildings, grocery stores, sporting/concert venues, museums, hospitals, etc.
- Accessibility – helps locate handicapped parking spaces and handicapped accessible buildings that are wheelchair accessible.
ATI : Tappy Guide Relationship
“We love that ATI recognizes and understands the need for Tappy Guide and how we can help the City of Austin become more accessible for its residents,” continued Petrous. Richard Amato, ATI Director – Strategic & Global Initiatives / Mobility Lead added, “We are honored to have Tappy Guide join ATI and appreciate the need for better, safe mobile accessibility for our visually impaired, hearing impaired and senior citizens. We are excited that Austin will be the location for their initial pilot as a result of the funding awarded by Ford and the Austin Transportation Department through the Austin City:One Challenge and look forward to supporting their efforts in launching the pilot and commercializing this innovative and essential mobility solution.”
About Tappy Guide
Tappy Guide is committed to improving the day-to-day quality of life for individuals with disabilities. Our Tappy Guide mobile app provides navigation guides for the visually impaired, hearing impaired, senior citizens and others with mobility impairments. In addition to offering guides for indoor and outdoor locations, Tappy Guide employs live advisors who can provide people the comfort of interacting with a real person to truly understand their surroundings and accessibility needs. For more information, please visit tappyguide.com.