People with ambulatory disabilities are required to make numerous choices each day to remain independent in the community and to maximize their participation. However, the information needed for decision-making related to best routing and navigation is often elusive and too generic. The MyPath project proposes to develop a software system that will run on any smartphone to a) collect the vibration generated by different path across the built environment, b) classify path accessibility and c) create personalized point-to-point routes with step-by-step navigation information.
Population and Goal: The goal of this project is to enable people with ambulatory disabilities to successfully participate in the community by facilitating equal access to all public areas, such as public buildings, parks, roads and sidewalks, and even beaches.
1. Develop a Smart App Prototype for Data Collection & Classification of Outdoor Path Accessibility;
2. Develop a Personalized Accessible Routing and Navigation Function for the App Prototype Using the Path Accessibility Data; and
3. Complete Preliminary Validation of the App for Functionality, Usability, and Psychometrics.
1. wheelchair users will be better equipped to face the challenges of navigating the unfamiliar surroundings while using the MyPath app,
2. the crowdsourced data collected through the MyPath app, available through OpenStreetMap (OSM) for the city planners and designers, engineers, and other stakeholders,
3. the technique of path labelling will become accepted method of identifying accessible and inaccessible features.
1. The MyPath app for accessible routing and navigation
2. Wheelchair user training of the MyPath app,
3. Marketing and outreach materials
4. Live outcomes database in the form of OSM.