People with disabilities face difficulties to be autonomous because they don’t always have access to information about their environment. Nowadays in the United States there are around 3.2 million people with visual impairment and it is estimated that this figure will continue to grow, reaching 9 million by 2050 according to a study by the University of Southern California Roski Eye Institute, besides, worldwide there are over 253 million people living with visual disabilities, in order all of them be fully included in society their interactions with their surroundings needs to be support by technological means.
Our project is to create accessible and interactive experiences in every corner of the world, and in this opportunity we want to use the platform that city of tomorrow provides us for develop in Indianapolis, our application empowers people living with disabilities and also, helps everyone's experience gets improve. This system has over 90,000 users on 24 countries -even some of them are Indianapolis residents- which use it for free as permanent assistance.
Our mobile app is available worldwide, use multiple maps databases and preexisting information to navigate cities delivering high-usability services developed directly with people living with disabilities. We have a routing system that by voice messages guides everyone who needs it, giving information about streets, public and private services, public transport, and more. This service can be improve through our mapping platform adding more information on public venues and also integrate with transportations systems.
Our proposal for the Austin Challenge is to establish a link between public transport and the city's health centers with LazarilloApp, this is free for end users and, therefore, is useful for the low-income population, this integration will allow citizens to connect with the available transportation systems with alternatives available from buses to paratransit systems for people with disabilities, LazarilloApp will allow the population with visual and motor disabilities to have more autonomy to move around the city and to medical and health centers , identifying accessible routes and making available bus information routes and stops, so they can travel without depending on another person.
We have already carried out this experience in Chile where we keep 6 highly complex medical centers functioning, these have been completely adequate for the needs of people with visual and motor disabilities, and whoever visits them can identify accessible routes and have a map of facilities suitable for people with and without visual impairment. In the case of Austin, the project includes identifying access to medical centers and providing routes to reach them in an accessible way for the population with motor and visual disabilities and, if available, linking with other types of transportation systems that may be available as Uber.