July 25, 2024

New Accessibility Map made available

FlightPath3D has introduced its Accessibility Map, a simplified, high-contrast display designed specifically for passengers with visual, motor, and/or cognitive impairments. The map extends the existing FlightPath3D offering, prioritising accessibility while still providing key features that passengers expect.

Optimised for passengers with specific needs, the high contrast displays, larger visuals and flexible navigation controls combine to deliver the map experience for which FlightPath3D is known.

The interface is built to standards set by Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.2 to ensure regulatory compliance while still providing entertainment and information for passengers.

FlightPath3D has a roadmap to expand the accessibility with audio narration in 2025.
“Every traveller, regardless of background, age, or ability, should have easy access to important details about their flight and enjoy the fun of tracking their plane as they fly,” said Duncan Jackson, President of FlightPath3D.

“We recognise the importance of creating an inclusive inflight experience and the Accessibility Map, featuring a streamlined interface and visibility enhancements, is a major step toward our goal of providing maps for all passengers,” added Jackson.

FightPath3D's Accessibility Map zoomed on a flight path view.
FightPath3D’s Accessibility Map zoomed on a flight path view.

Accessibility Map

The Accessibility Map deploys a simplified interface, prioritising major cities and borders to reduce clutter and increase the readability of the display. High-contrast visuals are combined with a palette that caters to colour-blind users, adding patterns and textures to distinguish elements in the map.

It also offers flexibility to improve the user experience. For example, airlines have options around text and icon sizes. Passengers have options on the zoom button and finger gestures for display control. All passengers can use the accessibility interface when it is deployed.
FlightPath3D will leverage Luci, its AI-enabled assistant, for the audio narration functionality.

In addition to providing key trip details like flight time remaining, the Accessibility Map will leverage the flight data feed to provide audio updates on key points of interest along the route, such as major cities and landmarks.

The Accessibility Map is currently available for airline selection. The first customer deployment is expected to be active in the first quarter of 2025.

Development and broad deployment of the Accessibility Map is a key part of FlightPath3D‘s push to deliver innovation for passengers over the next 18 months. It further builds on the company’s recent improvements to its Kids’ Map interface, expanding the range of passengers served.