Commitment to Innovation for the Blind and Low Vision Community
The Uber app was built to expand access to accountable, reliable transportation options for all, including riders with visual impairments and other disabilities. We are committed to continuing to build solutions that support everyone’s ability to easily move around their communities.
In partnership with organizations like the National Federation of the Blind and LightHouse for the Blind in San Francisco we are dedicated to seeking feedback from the blind and visually impaired community.
“Uber has worked with the Lighthouse for the Blind in San Francisco to engage the blind and low-vision community on emerging technology and services. This collaboration is key to a future where innovations open up opportunities for all.”
Bryan Bashin, Executive Director / CEO at LightHouse for the Blind in San Francisco
With service in over 300 cities around the world, Uber is enabling many people in the blind and low vision community to find more independence in their commute to work, while running daily errands, or visiting with loved ones. According to Mike May, an advocate for the blind and visually impaired and technology consultant to Uber, “Uber is the single best advancement for the mobility of blind people in the past decade.” Mike has used Uber in 4 countries and over 10 cities with his service dog, Tank. As a technologist and blind rider, his insights have proven invaluable to the Uber product team.
“I work closely with Uber as a technology consultant to test their VoiceOver iOS compatibility and enhance the Uber experience for riders who are blind or visually impaired. As a blind rider, I know what a game changer Uber has been for many people. My goal working with Uber is to help ensure that the technology continues to be a great transportation option for the blind and low vision community.”
Mike May, CEO of Sendero Group, Technology Consultant to Uber Technologies
Uber App’s VoiceOver iOS feature
With VoiceOver iOS compatibility, the Uber app provides convenient accessible transportation for people who are blind or visually impaired. Riders can enable VoiceOver by using the triple-tap or Siri shortcuts by tapping through to the General > Settings > Accessibility > VoiceOver option.
VoiceOver can be used in connection with a supported wireless braille display, and is available in all Uber cities and languages.
Listen to Mike May’s podcast on how to use the Uber App’s VoiceOver iOS feature.
Whether you’re a freshman or a senior headed back to campus this fall, one thing is certain—you’ll need to eat. And there is nothing worse than being limited to questionable cafeteria food or taking a chance on expired leftovers in the back of the fridge. The best news? UberEATS is expanding to 30+ major college campuses by the end of the year, from Penn State to LSU to Boise State. Since we want you to focus on what you love about college and not worry about your next meal, we’re predicting the 5 times you’ll need to order UberEATS this semester.
We are excited to surpass the 100th city mark by welcoming two Brazilian cities, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte, to the UberEATS family. From Atlanta to Warsaw, people have truly embraced this easy and reliable way to discover the food they love at the push of a button. Whether that’s an Indian inspired samosa, a good old-fashioned American burger or Vietnamese pho, people in 27 countries are using UberEATS to get a taste of the world’s flavors at the push of a button.
We’re excited to expand the Uber for Business platform beyond business travel, to include a world-class customer transportation solution, Uber Central. With Uber Central, organizations of all shapes and sizes can now easily provide on-demand, door-to-door transportation for their customers, clients, and guests.