The ways4all project facilitates the use of public transport for persons with special needs, especially blind people. The result is an accessible application for mobile devices that combines indoor and outdoor navigation, traffic information, communication with public transport services, and intuitive operation.

Solution
Accessible travel on public transport in austria
Organization
Joanneum University of Applied Sciences
Country of Implementation
Austria
Region
Europe
Subregion
Western Europe
First published
31.01.2014

ways4all is a mobile user interface combining outdoor navigation via GPS with indoor navigation via passive RFID tags and a tool for direct communication with a public transport system which enables a person with a visual impairment to register his or her point of departure to inform the driver accordingly.

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ways4all offers visually impaired and blind people a solution for navigating public transport systems. (Picture/Grafics: Werner Bischof)

Solution details

People

Werner BISCHOF
“Blindness is an information disability and not a mobility disability - therefore, it can (almost) be fully offset by sufficiently good information management in mobility issues.” Werner BISCHOF

ways4all offers visually impaired and blind people a solution to the problem of navigating the public transport system. The emphasis of the research project is on the door-to-door service, which assists users in navigating the city while changing from one transport mode to another. The mobile user interface combines outdoor navigation via GPS with indoor navigation via passive RFID tags and a tool for direct communication with the public transport system which enables a person with a visual impairment to register his/her point of departure to inform the driver accordingly.

Problems Targeted

Persons with visual impairments often rely on known physical landmarks to help locate and verify bus or tram stops and train station locations when using public transportation services.

Solution, Innovation and Impact

Research, public transport navigation system

Media

Pictures

149_ways4all_FHJOHANNEUM_fotoways4all offers visually impaired and blind people a solution for navigating public transport systems. (Picture/Grafics: Werner Bischof)

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Country of Implementation

Austria

Region of Implementation

Europe