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A Case Study for the Promotion of Urban Mobility for Visually Impaired People

  • Paulo FariaEmail author
  • Ana Filomena Curralo
  • Sara Paiva
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Abstract

This chapter presents a case study to promote and enhance transport sustainability by providing a mobile app that allows visually impaired people (VIP) to independently use public transportation. This work is a follow-up of a previous case study, and in this chapter, we present new functionalities available in the mobile app, including a careful and detailed layout definition to improve usability. We also present the new tests made in the field with some associates and that allowed us to make important conclusions regarding the usefulness of such an application as well as future directions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paulo Faria
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ana Filomena Curralo
    • 1
  • Sara Paiva
    • 2
  1. 1.Instituto Politécnico de Viana do CasteloViana do CasteloPortugal
  2. 2.Applied Research Centre for Digital Transformation - ARC4DigiT, Polytechnic Institute of Viana do CasteloViana do CasteloPortugal

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