Lyft introduces new feature for deaf passengers and drivers

Summarized by Amber Rottinghaus, staff writer

Transportation service Lyft has launched a feature that will make it easier for deaf and hard of hearing Marylanders to identify their ride.

For deaf and hard of hearing drivers, the feature includes a “new ride” alert rather than a ping so they can know when they get a request.

For passengers, a pill-shaped Amp siting on the dashboard of the Lyft car will display the passengers name to let them know they are in the right vehicle.

Amp is the latest feature Lyft added in association with the National Association of the Deaf, including an automatic text sent to riders notifying them if their driver is deaf or hard of hearing so they know to communicate through text.

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