A device that uses a new satellite system and verbal instruction will soon be available to help blind people navigate through cities with ease.

“When blind people take a taxi, they will be able to give directions to the taxi driver!” says Jose Luis Fernandez Coya, head of research and development at ONCE, the National Organization of Spanish Blind people.

The device — named “Tormes” after a famous Spanish 16th century story — uses a new satellite system called the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service that was developed by the European Space Agency.

The system, known as EGNOS, works by improving GPS signals from a 15 to 20 meter accuracy to a two meter accuracy.
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