Student Design Awards winners: Active journeys
Brief 8: How might we make multi-modal travel (a combination of walking, wheeling, cycling and sustainable rail networks) accessible and inclusive to improve the experience for all?
- PATH: Travel Aid for the Visually Impaired - Che Antoine, Safa Ikheria and Zahra Mandviwala, Loughborough University, England
Public transport can sometimes fail to be accessible to groups with disabilities, including those who are visually impaired. PATH aims to support this specific user group to use transit networks with greater independence. It is a phone accessory, working in conjunction with an app, that provides haptic feedback to guide the user through the travel experience, from start to destination. This includes identifying the correct bus through Bluetooth/ NFC, detecting an empty seat on the bus via thermal imaging, and alerting the user on arrival at their destination through vibrations. These features remove the dependence on unreliable bus hardware, such as announcements, and reduces the need for travel with a personal aide.
Eugene Woo, Hayden Duncan, Kavya Somala, Maggie Jarrett, Rebecca Rainhart and Victor Cummins, Boston College, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and North Carolina State University, United States of America
Wheelable: A navigational application that empowers users with mobility impairments to navigate the urban environment.
Cynthia Mangueira and Daniela Linger, Kingston University, England
The Ace Card: A smart card that pertains to a mileage counting system and encourages environmentally positive transportation for working travellers in the UK.
The quality of the winning and commended entries was truly outstanding. It is great to know that there are such allies of disabled people in the up-and-coming design community.