Safe and Efficient E-Wayfinding (SeeWay) Guidance for the Transition to Autonomous Vehicles for the Visually Impaired

Description: Independent travel for blind and visually impaired (BVI) individuals is essential for maximizing quality of life, by enabling travel to work and recreational activities. Leveraging autonomous vehicles, efficient and safe indoor-to outdoor navigational guidance has the potential to fill this gap for BVI travelers. The research team will start the project by studying and exploring the needs, wants, and concerns of BVI travelers between indoor environments (including home, school, work, etc.) and the locations where they will access future autonomous vehicles in each of those locations to allow for independent travel. The team will derive design criteria based upon a human factors analysis and the resulting models will guide the assistive navigation system development. Based on crowdsourcing and human-centered artificial intelligence (AI) frameworks, the team will explore state-of-the-art computer vision and AI-based environment recognition technologies to enable efficient navigational guidance and improve travel safety for BVI individuals. Intellectual Merit: The goal of the research is to enable Safe, Efficient and Electronic (E-) Wayfinding (SeeWay) guidance solutions for the transition to facilitate BVI individuals to access autonomous vehicles by exploring and developing a portable and affordable solution. Broader Impacts: Despite its challenges, independent travel for blind and visually impaired (BVI) individuals is an essential component of quality of life, enabling travel to work and recreational activities. Autonomous vehicle technologies have the potential of meeting these challenges. However, efficiently and safely guiding BVI travelers between indoor environments and vehicles outdoors remains a key obstacle. In the future transportation chain, assistive navigation technologies, connecting BVI travelers and vehicles, will be of extraordinary importance for BVI individuals in the context of social justice and health care/public health.

    Language

    • English

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $94350
    • Contract Numbers:

      69A3551747117

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590

      Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility

      Clemson University
      Clemson, SC  United States  29634

      Clemson University

      216 Lowry Hall
      Clemson, SC, SC  United States  29634

      Benedict College

      1600 Harden Street
      Columbia, South Carolina  United States  29204
    • Managing Organizations:

      Clemson University

      110 Lowry Hall
      Box 340911
      Clemson, SC  United States  29634-0911
    • Project Managers:

      Li, Bing

    • Performing Organizations:

      Clemson University

      110 Lowry Hall
      Box 340911
      Clemson, SC  United States  29634-0911

      Benedict College

      1600 Harden Street
      Columbia, South Carolina  United States  29204
    • Principal Investigators:

      Li, Bing

      Comert, Gurcan

      Brooks, Johnell

    • Start Date: 20200915
    • Expected Completion Date: 20220916
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01838154
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747117
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Mar 6 2022 1:49PM