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Virtual Airport to Improve Accessibility for Passengers with Additional Mobility Needs

By Cranfield University (U.K)

September 27, 2019

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Scientists at Cranfield University in the U.K. have built a virtual airport environment in order to find ways to improve the air travel experience for passengers with mobility restrictions.

Among the initial uses of the environment will be finding ways to provide better wayfinding and navigation for travelers, especially those with unseen impairments.

The three-dimensional setting can be adjusted to reproduce different design configurations, ambient conditions, and activities within a bespoke or simulated real-world airport.

Cranfield is collaborating with Theia Immersive, which provides immersive technology for designing inclusive and accessible spaces.

Theia CEO Michael Calver said, "Immersive technology is set to help change the way in which spaces, places, products, and services are designed, enabling designers to better consider the needs of each end user."

From Cranfield University (U.K.)
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