The main deliverable for this project was a smartphone navigation app that addresses the specific mobility needs and priorities of seniors, improving their ability to travel around their cities. After the prototype was developed, the researchers recruited seniors to test the app for a few weeks, and then gathered their feedback.
In order to find out what features would be most useful to their target user group, the researchers surveyed of more than 450 seniors in El Paso, Texas. The survey covered demographic information, lifestyle factors, and transportation habits and needs.
Key Survey Findings
37% of respondents reported no disabilities. Of those with disabilities, walking (24%), visual (21%) and hearing (19%) are the most common impairments.
The majority of the participants (62%) reported that traffic congestion and parking are their biggest challenges when commuting in the city, followed by walking issues (15%).
Navigation is the most desired app function (53%), followed by bus routes (20%) and accessibility (13%).
The results showed that navigation functionality would be the biggest motivator to use the app (47%), along with ease of use (30%).
GUILLERMINA GINA NUNEZ-MCHIRI
RAUL ALEJANDRO VARGAS ACOSTA
|Principal Investigator||Kelvin Cheu (UTEP)|
|Co-Principal Investigator||Natalia Villanueva-Rosales (UTEP), Joseph Chow (NYU)|
|Funding Source|| C2SMART: $140,000|
University of Texas at El Paso (cost-match): $70,000
|Total Project Cost||$210,000|
|USDOT Award #||69A3551747124|
|Start and End Dates||3/1/2017 – 5/31/2019|
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