In highway engineering, there are three main uses:

  • Tactile paving (or surface) is a textured surface which gives different information to blind and partially-sighted people. UK guidance available here.
  • A tactile cone is a small inverted metal cone placed under the push-button of a signalised pedestrian crossing, either at a junction or stand alone. When a green man is displayed, the cone rotates and can be felt by people who may not be able to see the green man or hear the audible signal (if there is one). Cone only rotates when green man shows.
  • Tactile sign is a traffic sign or a sign on a building aimed at blind or partially-sighted people. May have information as a relief or in Braille.