$11.45M federal grant will develop transit, mobility tech for underserved groups

  • Date: 03/02/2021

The UW Transportation Data Equity Initiative, made up of entities including UW Taskar Center for Accessible Technology, UW’s Washington State Transportation Center, companies like Microsoft and Google, and the Washington State Department of Transportation, was recently awarded an $11.45 million grant.

The initiative’s goal is to make information on things like sidewalk conditions and transit paths more accessible to underserved populations.

To create accessibility to this data, the initiative is developing two applications: a multimodal access map tailored to the user and a 3D simulation that will provide a pre-trip experience. In addition, the initiative will expand an existing Microsoft application, Soundscape, which allows people who are visually impaired to explore their surroundings.

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