Shared Mobility

Navigation Systems for Individuals with Visual Impairments

In looking to develop transformative accessible transportation applications for travelers who are visually impaired, supporting the unique needs of a traveler without the use of vision will be important in ensuring that applications are accessible. Researching existing literature within this area and working with blind rehabilitation professionals and the clients they serve to create new literature on what works – and doesn’t work – is an aspect of development that should be considered.

Citing an article by Quinones, Greene, Yang, and Newman (2011), understanding of the activities, wayfinding habits, and travel needs of potential users of technology assists in product development. Based on findings from this particular study, future systems will want to consider navigation in terms of recovery from mistakes, getting lost, navigation in unfamiliar places, and changes in the environment (p. 1650).

In addition to this one article, an extended literature review and additional consultations with O&M professionals and travelers with visual impairments may yield additional information that can be useful in improvement of transportation systems. As an O&M professional in the field of Blind Rehabilitation, I am interested in further collaborations to ensure that the unique needs of individuals with visual impairments are considered when planning for transportation needs.

Reference:

Quinones, P., Greene, T., Yang, R., & Newman, M. (2011). Supporting visually impaired navigation: A needs-finding study. CHI '11 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 1645-1650.

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