The European Commission estimates that one in six people in the EU have a long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairment, accounting for 80 million European citizens.
The goal of the TRIPS project is to design, describe and demonstrate practical steps to empower people with disabilities to play a central role in the design of transport and future mobility systems as well as transport-related digital solutions, such as MaaS, travel companions, online booking and ticketing.
The consortium brings together pan-European networks of users (ENIL), transport organisations (UITP), and assistive technology providers (AAATE) to engage in open innovation on mobility. They are supported by design methodology experts (TUE) to help them co-develop a Co-create-for-All methodology to enable disabled users play a leading role in the development of prototypes of integrated mobility solutions in 5 pilot cities across EU (WP6). In addition, systems integration experts (TB) develops the business case for the funding and adoption of innovative solutions in cities. The consortium reviews the state of the art on accessibility, mobility and related digital and assistive technologies and policies (WP3), utilise its extensive memberships to undertake qualitative and quantitative research on users’ mobility needs and attitudes towards future mobility solutions (WP2); discuss institutional barriers to adoption and (a) agree a list of innovation priorities (WP4); (b) co-develop a innovation roadmap and research priorities (WP7) for developing digital and inclusive urban transport and (c) draft joint policy recommendations (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 doing so, it addresses the expected impacts of the call to help (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 for creating the best possible conditions for doing so.
COFACE Families Europe is a member of the advisory board of this research project.