LookingBus is a connected vehicle technology that helps riders with disabilities use public transit. By utilizing smart location aware sensors and Internet of Things (IoT), LookingBus provides drivers with notifications of riders with disabilities at their upcoming stops and when the riders need to get off the bus. This ensures that drivers can assist riders while boarding and departing. People with disabilities, such as visual impairments, depend on public transit for engaging in daily life and social activities. However, they often face challenges with (1) finding the correct bus-stop, (2) determining which bus to board, especially at busy bus-stops when multiple buses approach, (3) boarding the correct bus before the bus leaves the stop, and (4) departing the bus at the right bus-stop. By means of technology, LookingBus is looking out for every rider and addresses all these challenges. LookingBus will address the specific challenge question #3: Support Residents with Disabilities. This pilot for LookingBus will enhance the experiences for residents with disabilities for riding public transportation.
The LookingBus system includes location aware sensors that are placed on bus-stops and work in synchrony with mobile apps. The system alert drivers about the presence of riders with disabilities at their upcoming stops, as well as when they need to get off the bus. As a Vehicle to Infrastructure system, LookingBus developed proprietary hardware and a slew of software applications, including driver apps, rider apps, and a dispatch center.
LookingBus addresses the challenges that people with disabilities face while riding public transportation. This product will enhance experiences for people with disabilities, especially those with visual impairments, who are limited with their ability to ride public transportation. Through implementation of smart bus stops, as well as user and driver applications, LookingBus enables people with visual impairments to use public transit services that are reliable, safe, and more independent.
LookingBus answers the call of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), which requires cities to tend to the transportation needs of people with disabilities. By improving the accessibility of the fixed-route buses to riders with disabilities, LookingBus provides the public transportation agencies with a cost-effective alternative to Paratransit services. The success of LookingBus will also be measured in its ability to improve perceptions of the quality of transportation services provided by IndyGo. The evidence-based success LookingBus pilot in Indianapolis will be measured by its ability to enhance the quality of services provided by IndyGo and the city.
Previous pilot testing was conducted in collaboration with the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART, in Detroit, MI) and is now in deployment at Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) on their entire bus fleet. LookingBus is ready for implementation in additional cities, including Indianapolis. The Company aims to make LookingBus a flagship solution for cities and transit agencies, which they will be proud to highlight in their annual reports and display as a success in the adoption of advanced technologies that underpin the cities of the future.