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Firm to make ATMs for blind

July 01, 2007|From Times Wire Services

Cardtronics Inc., the nation's largest nonbank owner of automated teller machines, will make most of its ATMs accessible to the blind by 2010 under an agreement settling a lawsuit filed by the National Federation of the Blind and Massachusetts Atty. Gen. Martha Coakley.

Houston-based Cardtronics operates about 24,000 ATMs in locations including Albertsons supermarkets, CVS Caremark Corp. pharmacies and Target Corp. stores. The agreement also covers 5,000 ATMs that Cardtronics plans to acquire from 7-Eleven Inc.

The machines will use voice guidance technology, which is commonly available at many bank ATMs. It is activated by plugging headphones into a jack on the machines.

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