Hybrid NFC and Vision Based Navigation System in Subways for the Blind and Visually Impaired

61 million Americans are considered to be at high risk of serious vision loss if they have diabetes, had a vision problem, or are over the age of 65. Among the range of public spaces through which the visually impaired must travel, subway stations present unique challenges which impede independent travel, significantly reducing the ability of the visually impaired to work and travel, seriously affecting their quality of life. This research will contribute to the conceptualization, development and overall realization of ubiquitous intelligence in subway environments, which will constitute a stepping stone for developing a novel subway navigation system for visually impaired users. The system can be used by visually impaired persons independently, without the assistance of another individual. Therefore, the system has significant promise to increase the independence of persons who are blind and thus to increase their life quality.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $121853.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    Department of Transportation
    1200 New Jersey Avneue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Performing Organizations:

    New England University Transportation Center

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 40-279
    Cambridge, MA  United States  01239
  • Start Date: 20120101
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20160131
  • Source Data: RiP Project 33377

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01489792
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC01, UMAR24-18
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 15 2013 1:01AM