Comprehensive Wayfinding for All (CWall)

This project will develop and test a prototype smartphone application (app) that will provide transit and pedestrian trip planning and navigation assistance along the entire transit trip. The app, called Comprehensive Wayfinding for All (or CWall), will aid users in locating bus stops (bus stops will be equipped with Bluetooth low-energy beacons), traveling to stops using accessible pedestrian pathways, obtaining real-time transit information, and receiving alerts for when to board and get off buses. Although CWall’s intended audience is users with visual and mobility impairments, the app will also benefit users without disabilities by reducing the learning curve of taking transit and making the sidewalk and transit network easier to understand and use. The Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) will lead the project and test the app in Austin, TX, with the involvement of the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Capital Metro) and two of Capital Metro’s contractors, including the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology (TCAT) for pedestrian pathway mapping and Knowbility for app accessibility testing.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $99815
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-04, IDEA 91

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Fitzpatrick, Velvet

  • Performing Organizations:

    Texas A&M Transportation Institute

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  • Principal Investigators:

    Walk, Michael

  • Start Date: 20180717
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01675046
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-04, IDEA 91
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jul 16 2018 3:03PM