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Travel Assistance Device

he Travel Assistance Device (TAD) is a mobile application for global positioning system (GPS)-enabled cell phones that helps new transit riders navigate the public transportation system. TAD prompts the rider in real-time with a recorded audio message (e.g., “Get Ready” and “Pull the Cord Now!”), visual images, and vibration alerts when the rider should pull the stop request cord to exit the bus. Personalized trips are ...more »

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Transit Pilot

Blind and visually impaired transit riders often report difficulties with a variety of transit-related challenges, including: • Planning a safe route between the origin address and the nearest transit stop or station • Identifying the actual transit stop or station entrance • Navigating between a transit station entrance and the correct platform • Identifying which bus or train to board • Identifying the appropriate ...more »

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Improve bus stop location accuracy via mobile apps

All pedestrian/transit navigation apps rely on accurate bus stop location information to provide good directions to users. For example, to tell a transit rider where to board a bus, the app needs an accurate location for the rider's origin stop. The problem is that many transit agency bus stop inventories have inaccurate position information for many stops. Therefore, a solution is needed to help improve the accuracy ...more »

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