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Wheelchair Map of Delhi Streets to Be Available Soon

As part of an upcoming project, maps are being created using low-cost sensors that can analyze the features of the sidewalk and learn how wheelchair or tricycle-users drive themselves.

The University College of London (UCL) along with the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi is hard at work on wheelchair-accessible maps of India’s capital territory through the use of economical sensors.

As part of the project dubbed 'Street Rehab', maps are being developed in order to acquire a clear understanding of user needs, easy-to-use technology, and the accessibility of the city.

Catherine Holloway, Academic Director of the Global Disability Innovation (GDI) Hub, told Indian Express that they are currently trying to figure out how people are getting around in Delhi in order to determine ways they can rebuild with more accessible infrastructure.

Under the 'Street Rehab' project, researchers joined forces with the local NGOs to locate wheelchair and tricycle users from the socio-economic spectrum, who were the study participants. They also advised on the progression of the project, UCL said in a statement.

"The AT2030 plans to bring life-changing assistive technology, such as wheelchairs and eyeglasses, to all,” UCL added.

PVM Rao of ITT-Delhi, who is lending a helping hand in this project, said development of assistive technologies for the betterment of people with different abilities is crucial.

UCL and IIT-Delhi will work together to get social and economic inclusion by way of research and innovation in terms of design, development, and distribution assistive technology, which is placed in the middle of economic burden and economic growth, PVM Rao added.

The team has been able to build a draft map of accessibility of unspecified data from the sensors.

The draft map currently shows where the people went, thus signifying where they did not go, Holloway told the Indian Express.

Holloway said they are checking the data to figure out which is good and bad. According to many people, places were physically accessible but they weren't safe.

The research team is hard at work on a bigger dataset of the wheelchair maps to determine the scope of improvement and provide a service to people using a wheelchair in order to facilitate their reestablishment.

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