How much effort does it take to commute on foot?
Infrastructure designed for cities has changed its gear enormously. What we’ve been observing for the last few years are constant modernizations and new legislations. Not surprisingly, there is no need to consider further improvements.
However, there are still many road users that are not fully contented with the architectural structure of cities which prevents them from participating in satisfying social life.
There is 1 billion of disabled people in the world of whom 70 % need wheelchair to get around on their own. Roughness pavements, high kerbside or, simply put, stairs might occur as obstacles very difficult to overcome for disabled people.
According to the research done by our team, this is unappropriate infrastructure that stopped disabled from public participation. They rely only on well-known roads, which are adjusted to their needs. Can you imagine what happens when people with disabilities come to the district they hardly know? Not to mention another city. Even commonly-used Google App does not include the localisation of special facilities for disabled. We do perceive accessibility to those facilities as an essential issue if we are aiming at achieving equality between people with disabilities and those without them. Thus, we invented first navigation system that would recognise major difficulties in getting around on wheelchair.
The application consists in rating city’s facilities by its users. Every user is supposed to add information about the type of difficulty, the level of the difficulty and its localisation. Considering those data, CIVITAS plans the most optimal route adjusted to user’s needs and the level of his or her disability.
Interfaculty Student Association “Smart City”
Politechnika Warszawska Wydział Inżynierii Lądowej
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