Wearables to Command More Access and Inclusion in a Smarter Transportation System

Visual impairment engenders mobility losses, debility, illness and premature mortality. Mobility losses are also tied to compromised quality of life, and an unemployment rate that approaches 60-80% in almost every developed country in the moderately and severely VI stratum. In many cases, health and wellbeing are ‘attacked’ by vision loss in any form factor; psychosocial barriers such as anxiety and depression are compounding influences that increase as deficits scale; fear of falling is a threat that contributes to this downward 'spiral’ and often goes unchecked; this fear is alarmingly justified, as visual impairment precipitates substantial increases in mechanical trips, falls and long-bone factures.This project will increase the safety profile and ease-of-use of the VIS 4 ION (Visually Impaired Smart Service System for Spatial Intelligence and Onboard Navigation) platform toward ‘connected’ dynamic navigation in complex urban environments, providing a new level of security to the end user and permitting one to break down significant barriers to employment and social interaction.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01738835
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Connected Cities for Smart Mobility towards Accessible and Resilient Transportation Center (C2SMART)
  • Contract Numbers: USDOT 69A3551747124
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Apr 15 2020 3:45PM