Characterizing City Accessibility at Scale
Poorly maintained sidewalks pose considerable accessibility challenges for people with mobility impairments. Despite comprehensive civil rights legislation for Americans with disabilities, many city streets and sidewalks in the U.S. remain inaccessible. The problem is not just that sidewalk accessibility fundamentally affects where and how people travel in cities, but also that there are few, if any, mechanisms to determine accessible areas of a city a priori.
To address this problem, we introduce new scalable methods for collecting data about street-level accessibility using a combination of crowdsourcing, automated methods, and Google Street View as well as proof-of-concept map-based accessibility applications that leverage this data.
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- A Pilot Deployment of an Online Tool for Large-Scale Virtual Auditing of Urban Accessibility (ASSETS Poster 2017)
- The Design of Assistive Location-based Technologies for People with Ambulatory Disabilities: A Formative Study (CHI 2016)
- Improving Public Transit Accessibility for Blind Riders by Crowdsourcing Bus Stop Landmark Locations with Google Street View: An Extended Analysis (TACCESS 2015)
- Tohme: Detecting Curb Ramps in Google Street View Using Crowdsourcing, Computer Vision, and Machine Learning (UIST 2014)
- An Initial Study of Automatic Curb Ramp Detection with Crowdsourced Verification using Google Street View Images (HCOMP Poster 2013)
- Improving Public Transit Accessibility for Blind Riders by Crowdsourcing Bus Stop Landmark Locations with Google Street View (ASSETS 2013)
- Combining Crowdsourcing and Google Street View to Identify Street-level Accessibility Problems (CHI 2013)
- A Feasibility Study of Crowdsourcing and Google Street View to Determine Sidewalk Accessibility (ASSETS Poster 2012)