Challenge for the #AccessibleOlli Project

Challenge: Autonomous for All of Us

Brief for Autonomous for All of Us


Citizens of the world all require transportation, but often and unfortunately our aging population and those of us with disabilities remain underserved. We require mobility and services to get to work, see our families, and access the world in a manner most of us take for granted. We’d like to change that by creating solutions to make true and complete mobility accessible to all of us.

For this challenge, we want you to design the most inclusive experience for Olli riders of all ages and abilities, focusing on one or more of four specific categories of needs: mobility impairments, visual impairments, hearing impairments, and cognitive disabilities.

The Problem is Large

Picture with StatisticsAccording to the World Health Organization, over one billion people in the world have some sort of disability.  It’s 1.2 billion, that’s 15% of the world’s population.


In the United States alone, over 57 million people, approximately 1 out of every 5 people have a disability. These disabilities come in many forms, including physical mobility, vision, hearing, or cognitive function. In some cases people experience multiple disabilities.

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Beyond what most would consider to be disabilities, there is also a growing elderly population that will require similar mobility solutions to accommodate their needs. The United Nations estimates by 2050, 30% of the world’s population will be over age 60 and the “80 years plus” population will have tripled.

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and many other organizations have made a big difference in the lives of those with disabilities. However as technology advances there are opportunities to innovate around new solutions and not just design to the minimum requirements.

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With the creation of Olli, a bold new type of self-driving community shuttle, Local Motors is committed to developing an inclusive experience that supports the needs of older adults and the disabled community. Via co-creation, we want to develop robust accessibility options that far exceed just meeting compliance regulations to deliver an unrivaled suite of amenities and supporting systems to these communities.

How you can help fix it

That’s where you, the community, come in. Together we can be a source of inspiration and new ideas that drive this project forward to promote independence and enhance the lives of millions of people with disabilities.

For much of the community, this is an exercise in empathy and understanding. You might consider what it means to be disabled, and how you would travel around your neighborhood or city? While a typical definition of having a disability would include a physical or mental condition that limits movements, senses, or activities, we’ve decided to focus on four main categories of; mobility, vision, hearing, and cognitive, while also recognizing that these categories may overlap in communities such as the deaf blind.

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Mobility

Many people with mobility impairments rely on assistive devices such as wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, canes and crutches. This track is focused on supporting riders with those devices, while also looking for meaningful solutions to accommodate other items, such as oxygen tanks, portable dialysis machines, service dogs and other items that need to be easily transported on and off Olli. This track will require a larger emphasis on the design and engineering of Olli, but beyond ramps, we encourage you to think about the rider experience within the vehicle, as well as information that can be provided on accessibility features such as location of curb-cutouts, elevators and ramps at pickup and destination points.

Entries focusing on mobility impairments should account for riders that are/have:

  • Unable to use any limbs
  • Uses a mobility chair
    • Wheelchair user
    • Mobility scooter
  • Assisted movement
    • Aided with cane
    • Aided with walker
    • Aided with braces which restrict movement

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Vision

Designing a riding experience for people with visual impairments presents unique challenges, and calls for deep empathy. Visually impaired riders often make natural adaptations to adjust to their environment, and use assistive tools like white canes or guide dogs. Technology offers new ways of complementing these existing methods, ranging from haptic feedback to subtle audio cues.  

Entries focusing on visual impairments should consider riders that are/have:

  • Blind
    • Uses white cane
    • Uses guide dog
  • Partially blind
    • Some vision, significantly visually impaired
    • Color blindness
    • Extreme light sensitivity

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Hearing Impaired

Most current public transit systems rely on audio cues to communicate information, from notifications of stopping points, door opening or closing chimes, or emergency warnings. However, text based systems and other technologies, including sound amplification, bluetooth integration and haptic innovations can create an experience for not just people with hearing loss or who are deaf, but also non-disabled riders who do not hear or notice these alerts.

Entries focusing on hearing impairments should account for riders that are/have:

  • Fully deaf
  • People with hearing loss
  • Debilitative tone deafness

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Cognitive Impairments

There are a vast array of cognitive impairments, each with their own unique challenges and needs. From developmental impairments to psychological disorders, designing the Olli experience for the cognitively disabled should encompass clear communication delivered in a variety of formats (audio, text, symbols) with multiple cues and reminders.

Entries focusing on cognitive impairments  should account for riders that are/have:

  • Developmental impairments
  • Slow mental processes
  • Autism Spectrum disorders
  • Psychological disorders
  • Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease
Go check out the requirements for additional information.

Awards

Best Overall Entry
$5,000
Selection of best overall entry will be decided by a jury of experts. Entry can come from any track.
Community Pick
$1,500
Community Pick is awarded to the submission with the most overall votes from the community.
First Place Jury | Mobility
$3,000
The jury will select the top submission in Mobility.
Second Place Jury | Mobility
$1,000
The jury will select the second place submission in Mobility.
First Place Jury | Vision
$3,000
The jury will select the top submission in Vision.
Second Place Jury | Vision
$1,000
The jury will select the second place submission in Vision.
First Place Jury | Hearing
$3,000
The jury will select the top submission in Hearing.
Second Place Jury | Hearing
$1,000
The jury will select the second place submission in Hearing.
First Place Jury | Cognitive
$3,000
The jury will select the top submission in Cognitive.
Second Place Jury Cognitive
$1,000
The jury will select the second place submission in Cognitive.
Innovation Award
$500
The Jury will select five Innovation awards with the most innovative and impactful ideas across any of the tracks
Innovation Award
$500
The Jury will select five Innovation awards with the most innovative and impactful ideas across any of the tracks
Innovation Award
$500
The Jury will select five Innovation awards with the most innovative and impactful ideas across any of the tracks
Innovation Award
$500
The Jury will select five Innovation awards with the most innovative and impactful ideas across any of the tracks
Innovation Award
$500
The Jury will select five Innovation awards with the most innovative and impactful ideas across any of the tracks

Requirements for Autonomous for All of Us

Ignition Kit File Downloads

Requirements

List of “must haves” in order to be eligible for voting

  • Clearly identify the problem(s) you are solving, and make sure that message is clear to your audience.
  • Clear vision of idea around Accessible Olli (examples where applicable)
  • Compelling and well defined use case
  • Clear indication of the categories your solution services - why and how 
  • Visualization of idea through storyboards or detailed wireframes
  • Visualization of any design adjustments made to Olli (if applicable)
  • Must use Olli, but can include how Olli interacts with environment and user (i.e Technology)
  • Identify portions of your proposal to be hardware or software, and describe the integration between the two.
  • List any proposed tech partners 
  • Clear and Concise examples of how benefits and features will better accessibility on Olli - why and how


List of “must haves” visually so that we are able to clearly see aspects of the entry

  • Display the solution used on Olli with minimal changes to exterior styling (where necessary), while the interior has more freedom to accommodate accessibility.
  • Interior view (if applicable to your proposal)
  • Exterior view (if applicable to your proposal)
  • Packaging view (if applicable to your proposal)
  • Storyboards (if applicable to your proposal)
  • Attached PDF (if applicable to your proposal)

Guidelines

  • Be focused on your solution - it’s ok if your solution doesn’t service all the categories.
  • Sell your idea - do you think the category you are servicing will understand your concept?
  • A well defined idea doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be visually superior, but make sure your concept presentation is clear. Better to have more pages than to cram too much information on one page.
  • If you have the ability to provide code, feel free to do so!
  • Integration of off-the -shelf solutions is great if you are doing it in a new way, but innovative fresh thinking is more appealing.
  • Showing utilization of Olli and Watson in conjunction with other tech encouraged.

This is Co-Creation, don’t be afraid to engage in our discussions, or reach out to other community members to get answers to your questions. The better you network with others, the better the chance you will get fair evaluation for your entry.

You can also prototype your idea!

If you'd like to prototype an idea, that’d be great! Would even love to see video of your prototype in action. Please provide code as public github project and include URL in your submission. We can then fork your code on #AccessibleOlli github https://github.com/AccessibleOlli

Any code submissions are fine. Feel free to tell us what hardware, sensors, actuators, et al. that your code requires. Note that #AccessibleOlli is being built upon Olli so ideal is code that fits well with the current Olli work. Some of the software already used in Olli includes:


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Relevant Tech to Consider

Olli is a new form of public transportation. It’s an autonomous shuttle. It has no driver, and controlled essentially by a small black box – which poses a unique challenge. If there is no bus driver, then who welcomes you aboard?Who do you talk to?  Who tells you what to do?  Who answers your questions and addresses your concerns?  Who tells you where you’re going and when you’re arriving.  

For Local Motors the answer has been to give Olli a “cognitive rider experience” using IBM Watson technology. IBM Watson plays an important role on Olli and is IBM’s cognitive computing system capable of communicating with riders  in natural language.

There are many potential roles for Watson on Olli, and many potential applications or solutions to invent. Watson can not only can help people onboard Olli, but may play a role in activating a wheelchair ramp, providing information and updates during the ride, or controlling other physical aspects of Olli for example. We could also see new smartphone apps that connect the disabled riders with Watson in new meaningful ways. Some may be only simple adjustments to Olli, or propose major changes with ground-up thinking.

Some of the technologies to consider in your #AccessibleOlli solution:

  • Capacitive touch interfaces (not limited to touch screens)
  • Haptic
  • OLED displays embedded into glass and plastic surfaces
  • IBM Watson AI
  • Personalization
  • Natural Language processing
  • Sign language to text and text to sign translation
  • Bluetooth and Telecoil integration
  • Access and integration to municipal or campus accessibility features - curb cut outs, ramps, elevators
  • Visual  and Facial recognition
  • Enhanced audio with zoning and sound cancelling
  • Speech to text and text to speech
  • IoT
  • Cloud applications
  • Smartphone connectivity (Direct via RFID, NFC, VPN, Bluetooth,WiFi network, not through IoT)
  • Wearables (ability to communicate through sensors worn by the riders)
  • Eye Gaze (for the verbally impaired who also lack motor function to type or touch a screen)
  • Big Data (and how to utilize it for benefit of the user)
  • Robotics (not limited to wheelchair ramp)
  • Storage for devices used for accessibility, and more


Deliverables

Jury, Prizes, and Innovation Awards

Since we are taking on a complex challenge with #AccessibleOlli, the prize structure will reflect this new type of challenge. There will be four (4) tracks to focus on, enabling you to win one of the tracks, or a larger prize amount if your winning proposal has a larger scope and incorporates more than one track. These four (4) tracks are the same as previously stated; (1) mobility; (2) vision; (3) hearing; (4) cognitive. Prize money will be offered for both first and second place winners, for each track. The selection process is decided by a jury of experts, which we will introduce later in the brief.

As mentioned, there is a possibility of overlap, to give entries that are versatile and well thought out the ability to be properly rewarded. So be inclusive in your thinking and develop solutions that cover the various types of disabilities the best way possible. But to be clear, it is better to have a focused and well executed solution rather than trying to solve all of the issues in one entry. And please be mindful of the issues you are trying to tackle and form the most compelling solution you can.

There will also be prizes for best overall entry, community favorite, and 5 innovation awards. This brings the total to 15 prizes available. The selection of best overall entry will be decided by the jury as well. The community favorite is determined simply by the voting results, and the innovation awards will be determined by the SMEs (Subject Matter Experts), Community Managers, the jury, but mostly by your comments on the entry. We want to encourage that you reach out to your peers for critique, and also reach out to critique your peers so that peer evaluation will help us to determine who deserves additional recognition within your ranks. Each innovation prize will be noted next to the winning announcement with a quote from the comments helping to explain why it was chosen. So in addition to assembling a strong entry, be honest, fair, and constructive with your comments and establish a community network, it could help you win an innovation award!

Winners will be announced on or around September 20, 2017!


Challenge Terms and Conditions

Entry list for Autonomous for All of Us

Challenge Discussion for Autonomous for All of Us

Results for Autonomous for All of Us

Results calculated 2 months, 1 week ago

Entry Creator Total Votes Raw Result Filtered Result Differential
ABC OLLI germanopecoraro 5 1.7 1.72641509434 0.0264150943396
Autonomous CQuintero 6 2.94333333333 2.82953846154 -0.113794871795
Blind Nav rohitb1vs10 5 1.666 1.666 0.0
Bone conduction hearing shamloo 8 2.41625 2.51881516588 0.102565165877
Book An Olli rohitb1vs10 4 2.4575 2.30853658537 -0.148963414634
Built in digital scent machine shamloo 5 1.966 1.966 0.0
cost effective mobility solutions for disabled using NFC tags. Aurdion97 5 2.334 1.64347826087 -0.69052173913
DESIGN FOR ALL - LA PROGETTAZIONE PER TUTTI germanopecoraro 6 2.0 1.93473684211 -0.0652631578947
entry-nrN2wq shubhamshinganapure 5 2.166 2.166 0.0
Ezy Ingress GTR 7 2.66571428571 2.54441558442 -0.121298701299
Feel the touch. mandita 10 3.167 2.97084870849 -0.196151291513
Future Olli lagarciag1 4 2.5425 2.71538461538 0.172884615385
Haptic Feedback for Locating Olli robohepcat 9 1.92555555556 1.66866323907 -0.256892316481
iBeacon for autonomous raffi 4 2.085 2.085 0.0
Inclusiveness in the society rishanksingh 5 1.966 1.89547169811 -0.0705283018868
Mobile seats shamloo 8 2.64625 2.32274881517 -0.323501184834
Olli AiR calvinkimkim 7 2.73714285714 2.68324675325 -0.0538961038961
OlliCOM robohepcat 7 2.52285714286 2.47948051948 -0.0433766233766
Olli Companion - Cognitive Impairments Entry dani_ch_22 6 2.55833333333 2.55833333333 0.0
Olli Connect AgeWave 11 3.10636363636 2.41526442308 -0.691099213287
Olli Digit lulu 8 2.875 2.86516853933 -0.00983146067416
Olli for all hartantopb 8 2.83375 2.78076923077 -0.0529807692308
Olli For All ilel 6 3.30666666667 2.98145695364 -0.325209713024
OlliGuide for Visually Impaired abhivaya 9 2.88888888889 2.91584158416 0.0269526952695
olliPad - Portable device for aged and people with impairments Challenger 10 3.884 3.29538181818 -0.588618181818
Olli Plus Aid eddie_mauro 3 3.11 3.16229508197 0.0522950819672
Olli Plus Band eddie_mauro 5 2.566 2.566 0.0
Olli Signaling Device for Mild Cognitive Impairment robohepcat 4 2.25 2.01098901099 -0.239010989011
Ollix Sense experience Ajay 6 3.11166666667 3.11166666667 0.0
PRAGMATIC APPROACH TO ACCESSIBILITY FOR DEAF-BLIND OR DEAF TRAVELER WAD_CAT 5 1.866 1.84830188679 -0.0176981132075
​Profile sujith81159 95 4.85094736842 3.40963414634 -1.44131322208
SMART STOP FOR ALL rajakushwaha0823 46 4.32239130435 2.37554702495 -1.9468442794
S-SYS CristinaFlr 12 3.65166666667 3.42979400749 -0.221872659176
Standing to Seating Power seats GTR 4 2.3325 2.43846153846 0.105961538462
Starting with the basics. Adapting Olli Cristian_F 9 3.57444444444 4.05692650334 0.482482058896
The Universal Chair Lude 11 2.84818181818 2.80225933202 -0.0459224861582
Transit for all Mnshah21 11 3.07636363636 2.63104477612 -0.445318860244
Transit for mobility / vision impaired Mnshah21 9 3.13 2.90617449664 -0.223825503356
T Swift debashish090992 26 4.37230769231 3.18330241187 -1.18900528043
Watson Knowledge Graph gstanwar16 23 4.10869565217 2.776 -1.33269565217
Whitepaper: Improving Accessibility on the Olli Zorro 5 3.334 2.45375838926 -0.880241610738