Development of a Mobile Navigation Smartphone Application for Seniors in Urban Areas Urban Connector

Many seniors face mobility issues and lifestyle changes. Switching from driving alone to carpooling, taking a taxi or public transportation are some common examples. Seniors need information about traffic congestion and available alternative means of transportation to keep attending their daily activities. However, there are not enough tools to assist seniors with their specific mobility constraints. Smartphones are potentially useful tools. While there are many navigation apps on the market, very few cater to the specific mobility needs of seniors (such as incorporating information on Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant infrastructure), and the few that exist have limited functions. This research covers the initial steps of developing a smartphone application that is customized to the mobility and other needs of seniors. The objectives of this project are: (a) to understand the lifestyle and mobility needs of the seniors; (b) to develop a prototype smartphone smart mobility application that caters to the needs identified; and (c) to conduct a usability survey to obtain feedback on the prototype. This report is outlined as follows. Section 2 reviews background materials. Section 3 presents the work plan for this research. The fourth section provides information regarding the seniors surveyed in El Paso, Texas and New York City and the findings. The fifth section describes the development of the smartphone application. Sections 6 and 7 report on the pilot survey and usability survey respectively.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 243p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01715195
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747124
  • Created Date: Aug 15 2019 8:24AM