The transportation network Lyft, in partnership with the National Association for the Deaf (NAD)—a nonprofit that advocates for deaf rights—has developed a “flash-on request” function for drivers with hearing loss, according to an article in Engadget.
According to the article, drivers who activate the Lyft app’s hard-of-hearing accessibility function will see both their phone’s screen and flashlight light up simultaneously, along with the words “New Ride,” to alert them a ride request is incoming.
Additionally, Lyft will also send out a link to a tutorial—in addition to the text prospective customers get alerting them their driver is deaf or hard-of-hearing—that instructs riders how to say “Hello” and “Thank You” in American Sign Language (ASL). It is unknown when the new features will be rolled out, according to Engadget.
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