Enhancing the Safety of Visually Impaired Travellers in and around Transit Stations

The TechBridge World research group at Carnegie Mellon University has been exploring specific needs and constraints encountered by blind or visually impaired (B/VI) adults when using transit stations. Through this work, the findings indicated a strong need for a tool that allows these travelers to annotate routes with their own notes of useful information, and to easily obtain and use relevant information from trusted sources. The authors initially prototyped an accessible Android smartphone tool that has significant potential to enhance the safety of these travelers. The authors developed two interfaces for this prototype tool: 1) for B/VI trusted sources, and 2) for sighted trusted individuals. Based on feedback received from the initial prototype, the research team focused on re-designing the NavPal app to enhance its robustness and user interface, and to allow for seamless integration of both indoor and outdoor navigation. This document describes the NavPal prototype app as well as the findings from a user study to determine the components' effectiveness and solicit feedback for improvement.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This document was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Technologies for Safe and Efficient Transportation University Transportation Center

    Carnegie Mellon University
    Pittsburgh, PA  United States  15213

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
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  • Authors:
    • Dias, M Bernardine
    • Teves, Ermine
    • Hochendoner, Eric
    • Sistla, Praneetha
    • Min, Byung-Cheol
    • Steinfeld, Aaron
  • Publication Date: 2016

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Research Report
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: 17p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01603605
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12GUTG11
  • Files: UTC, TRIS, RITA, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 27 2016 8:32AM