In an effort to make their ridesharing services more inclusive for deaf drivers, Uber recently announced they will be offering sign language tips through their app.
The mobile application will now make it easier for drivers who are deaf or hard of hearing to communicate with their passengers, as the update will show riders some basic American Sign Language (ASL) gestures. The Uber blog post explaining the update states "to wrap up National Deaf Awareness Month, riders can learn how to sign basic phrases in ASL right from the Uber app." The sign language tips include things like how to sign 'hello,' 'thank you' and spell out your name.
This is an example of how technology can be used to bring people closer together.
Uber Offers Basic Sign Language Tips to Communicate With Deaf Drivers
1. Inclusive Transportation - Developing inclusive technology to support communication between deaf or hard of hearing drivers and riders.
2. Sign Language Integration - Integrating sign language resources in transportation technology for better communication and experiences.
3. Deaf Awareness Messaging - Increasing messaging around National Deaf Awareness Month to support the deaf and hard of hearing community in transportation.
1. Transportation - Developing accessible communication technology within the transportation industry at large.
2. Tech - Creating new technology and platforms to support communication and inclusivity for the deaf and hard of hearing population in various industries.
3. Accessibility - Improving accessibility technology in various industries to ensure that everyone is able to participate and benefit from experiences.