Our cities – even the most virtuous ones – do not ease the free mobility of people with any sort of motor disabilities (either permanent, as the case may be of a wheelchaired person, or even temporary, as the case may be of a mom with a stroller, or of a temporarily disabling situation such an accident).
In spite of all efforts by Central and Local Administrations, our cities and towns, which were often designed long time ago when these issues were not of public and social concern, are still full of obstacles (architectural barriers), which cannot be overcome by mobility impaired people such as someone in a wheelchair.
A Personal Transporter “Ninebot E” is used by TMS as an optimal means as it effectively allows to recreate the problems encountered by a moving wheeled vehicle (if a Ninebot goes through then a wheelchair will do as well) and is fast enough to cover long distances in short times. The Segway will be suitably equipped with the necessary instruments in order to record all path features such as: ground roughness, climbs, slopes, steps, narrow gangways and sidewalks, high curbs, lack of curbcuts or ramps, gravel walkways, while also allowing the georeferencing of collected data and possibly shooting pictures or films of critical spots in order to give evidence of real problems.
The data, after being directly sent to a server from the mobile survey means, shall be processed by using special algorithms that will result in a punctual evaluation of path quality levels and accessibility by people with motor disabilities through a colour code:
green – accessible without problems
yellow – accessible with assistance
red – unaccessible