Passengers with reduced mobility can benefit from Internet protocol-based communication services
30 November 2016 • Author(s): Lars Schnieder & Anna-Maria Ademeit, German Aerospace Center’s Institute of Transportation System
Public transportation and reliable mobility is of utmost importance in our society – both in urban and rural areas. During planning and the realisation of public transportation services every user group and their specific requirements must be carefully considered. Public transport operators are committed to ensuring a barrier-free public transportation service. Due to the high complexity of public transportation systems and legacy systems this barrier-freeness is still not fully realised. In this article Lars Schnieder and Anna-Maria Ademeit from the German Aerospace Center’s Institute of Transportation Systems, outline an individual travel assistance application based on Internet protoco-based communication services, which are available for all passengers on their smartphones.
People wish to be independently mobile. Local public transport plays an important role in enabling everyone to fulfil individual demands for mobility. Mobility is a prerequisite for social inclusion – both in urban and rural areas – and barrier-free access to public transport is of great importance, especially for people with disabilities, as well as those with reduced mobility. Around the world there are over one billion people with disabilities. In Germany alone the figure is approximately 9.6 million, which is roughly one in eight of the overall population.