Innovations to help improve the public transport experience for people with disabilities

Designer: TFL
Location: London Underground

Description: Aiming to improve public accessibility, Transport for London (TFL) installed a network of Bluetooth beacons throughout the London underground.

Designer: Eugene Gao
Location: New York Subway

Description: A new subway navigation system that would rely on Bluetooth beacons to guide blind passengers between stations.

Designer: Adam Molner
Location: concept

Description: The design uses bold, universally recognizable visual cues like red/green lighting around the doors to indicate times to enter and exit and large wheelchair/bicycle graphics to indicate dedicated areas.

Designer: Jade Jinwon Heo
Location: concept

Description: The bell contains two buttons. A larger one for special passengers, and a smaller regular button. On pressing the bell, the driver is made aware of the nature of the passenger disembarking. If it happens to be a special passenger, the bus driver can make certain arrangements to ensure a smooth de-boarding experience.

Designer: Maltesers
Location: London

Description: In order to make the billboard accessible for all to experience, Maltesers is offering audio descriptions and translations on its official UK Facebook page. For those who are curious, the braille billboard of model Maltesers reads: “Caught a really fast bus once, turns out it was a fire engine.

Designer: Marshalls Street Furniture
Location: concept

Description: Crosswalks, street lamps and other smart street fixtures could be enhanced with IoT technology. A person would be able to create a unique account through a web portal and plug in specific preferences that have to do with accessibility.

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