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Public Participation in the Development Process of a Mobility Assistance System for Visually Impaired Pedestrians

Weinberger, Nora ORCID iD icon; Winkelmann, Markus; Müller, Karin ORCID iD icon; Ritterbusch, Sebastian; Stiefelhagen, Rainer ORCID iD icon


Blind and visually impaired people have to cope with the safe movement through public space and the (lack of) knowledge of spatial issues and walkable routes. These challenges often lead to a fear of accidents and collisions, frequently also of disorientation. This, in turn, can result in a reduced radius of action, restricted mobility, and later on, in social isolation. Against this background, the project TERRAIN aims at developing a technical guidance system for orientation and navigation in urban space. For the development of this assistance system, the project pursues an approach in which reflexive, responsive, and deliberative dimensions have been integrated to address the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) in a co-design process. This paper focuses on the participation of citizens independent of vision impairments in the project which provided a variety of relevant indications of impacts and potential technical adaptations from an ‘outer’ point of view. In addition, conclusions can be drawn about the existing desirability and acceptance of the technical solution among the potential users as well as their social environment of potential users. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000095761
Veröffentlicht am 14.06.2019
DOI: 10.3390/soc9020032
Zitationen: 5
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Anthropomatik und Robotik (IAR)
Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
Universität Karlsruhe (TH) – Interfakultative Einrichtungen (Interfakultative Einrichtungen)
Studienzentrum für Sehgeschädigte (SZS)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2019
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2075-4698
KITopen-ID: 1000095761
HGF-Programm 36.02.01 (POF III, LK 01) Sustainability and Environment
Erschienen in Societies
Verlag MDPI
Band 9
Heft 2
Seiten Article: 32
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 27.04.2019
Schlagwörter grand challenge; people with visual impairments; technology assessment; demand-orientation; public participation; co-design
Nachgewiesen in Dimensions
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