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Speaking of traveling, new technology is giving confidence to blind and visually impaired travelers around.

The company, Wayfinder, in England has created an app people can use on their smartphones.

The organization testing the app as a new investigation tool for the blind. Unlike other navigation apps, this one works underground, and audio instructions from a smartphone are more specific.

Experts first tried out the technology in part of London’s Subway System three years ago.

The U.K. trial was a success with users saying they felt safe and confident. Wayfinder is working to incorporate the technology into New Year’s Subway System.

A trial will also start in Los Angeles in the spring.

Developers hope to have the app working in most big city subway systems within the next five years.

Wayfinder believes its technology could later help with navigation in shopping malls, sports arenas, and museums.

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