TRIPS stands for “TRansport Innovation for disabled People needs Satisfaction”. The project aims at making public transport more accessible for persons with disabilities, elderly voyagers and really everyone.
Why is this important?
Today, eighty million European citizens face long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairment. The goal of TRIPS is to design, describe and demonstrate practical steps to empower people with mobility challenges to play a central role in the design of inclusive digital mobility solutions.
The consortium brings together pan- European networks of users (ENIL), transport organisations (UITP), assistive technology experts (AAATE) and municipalities to engage in open innovation on mobility. They are supported by design methodology experts (TUE), systems integration experts (TB) and privacy experts (TRI).
Building on this expertise, TRIPS will deliver and deploy a Co-design- for-All methodology (WP5) in 7 pilot cities – Lisbon, Zagreb, Bologna, Cagliari, Brussels, Sofia, Stockholm (WP6).
TRIPS will conduct research on needs and attitudes towards future mobility solutions (WP2); review the state-of-the-art on accessibility, mobility and related digital and assistive technologies and policies (WP3) and devise an index to measure mobility.
We will bring together users and transport experts to discuss institutional barriers to adoption, agree innovation priorities and policy changes (WP4) and co- develop an innovation roadmap and research priorities (WP7).
The consortium utilises its international reach to validate outcomes with a wider range of vulnerable-to-exclusion users to ensure that outcomes are relevant to the wider population and transport ecosystem. To achieve this, we reach out to senior citizens and migrant organisations, transport operators, municipalities, assistive technology providers as well as academics and students in design, transport management, and public administration.
In addition, the project will support (a) regional authorities and businesses in designing digital transport solutions that cater for individual needs and (b) support policy-makers in designing appropriate regulatory frameworks and social and educational strategies.