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.
Lazarillo will integrate to the existence Indygo system and will improve the paratransit experience.
- Integrate to Indygo, this will allow user set routes using public transportation in Lazarillo helping the user get to the stop, wait for the bus and the reach their end destination. For the bus waiting Lazarillo is going to provide automatic audio updates on the bus the person is waiting and alerts 1 minute before the bus arrive, reducing user anxiety.
- Orientation in critical transportation centers, one of the main locations for transportation is the Julia M. Carson Transit Center this place is where people need to buy Open Door pases and also is a mayor hub on bus lines, making it complicate to orientate. Lazarillo will install its indoor/outdoor system to provide orientation in this mayor hub, helping people find the relevant locations in this center as well as the bus stop they need. For the indoor orientation will use Bluetooth beacon and the Lazarillo mapping platform, this platforms allow in the future to connect third party apps to the infrastructure through APIs.
-Improvement on the Paratransit system(Open Door). Currently scheduling a trip, canceling a trip and planing a trip with Open Door requires to call a callcenter, this is something bothersome and complicate to the user and also more expensive to Open Door than having an automated system with all the rules for scheduling that can also consider more precise locations of pick up and destination. As Lazarillo is used to plan routes this will help user to consider the Open Door system in a simple way and providing the information in a more accessible format. In order to use this system Lazarillo will also provide the steps to apply and verify it's registration, through an automated system.