New York City Lawsuit Seeks Signal Upgrades for Blind Pedestrians

The people and groups that brought the case are not seeking financial damages.

What they want is for the city to step up its efforts to install Accessible Pedestrian Signals, or APS technology, at more street intersections.

The lawsuit claims that, of New York City’s roughly 13,000 intersections with pedestrian signals, only 317 are equipped with technology to provide information to people who are blind or visually impaired…
APS technology is not new. It’s been around since the 1970s in various iterations.

Pedestrians in many American cities are likely familiar with the accessible signals, which nowadays often emit a soft sound to indicate where the signal push-button is located, and a different noise and vibration that indicates when it is safe for a person to cross the street.