This project developed and tested a system to enable access to relevant transit information to all passengers, including passengers with visual or cognitive impairments.
Passengers with visual or cognitive disabilities face challenges when using public transportation. With the proposed system, passengers are able to access personalized, real-time transit information through their cell phone. This information is provided by Wi-Fi Access Points placed at bus stations and on buses. These Access Points transmit information that is already currently posted (in printed form or through audible and textual displays), but cannot be accessed by persons who have sensory or cognitive impairments. With the proposed system, this information is made available to all passengers in their preferred format.
The project investigators collaborated with the Transportation & Parking Services group that operates buses at the UC Santa Cruz campus. The prototype system was deployed and tested on a bus vehicle and in three bus stops on campus.