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RERC on Accessible Public Transportation
Head: Aaron Steinfeld
Contact: Aaron Steinfeld
Mailing address:
Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Associated center(s) / consortia:
 Vision and Autonomous Systems Center (VASC)
 Quality of Life Technology Center (QoLT)
Associated lab(s) / group(s):
 NavLab
 Human-Robot Interaction Group
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This page last updated - March 2009.
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Carnegie Mellon Leads Multi-University Project To Improve Web and Cloud Computing Accessibility
November 25, 2013. The U.S. Department of Education is sponsoring a five-year, $3.7 million project led by Carnegie Mellon University to develop methods that enable people with disabilities to take full advantage of the resources available on the Internet.
CMU and Buffalo Researchers Improving Transportation Access for People With Disabilities
October 28, 2013. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, are collaborating on a five-year, $4.6 million federally funded project to advance physical access and public transportation for people with disabilities by bringing together computer science technology and the principles of universal design.
Tiramisu App Wins FCC Chairman’s Award
December 10, 2012. The Carnegie Mellon research team that created Tiramisu, a smartphone app that enables transit riders to create realtime information about bus schedules and seating, has won this year’s Federal Communications Commission Chairman’s Award for Advancement in Accessibility in the Geo-Location Services category.
Tiramisu Receives Funding To Commercialize Transit App
June 18, 2012. Tiramisu Transit LLC, a Carnegie Mellon University spinoff, has received $102,000 in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to commercialize Tiramisu, the smartphone application that enables transit riders to create real-time information about bus schedules and seating.
CMU Releases Android Version of Tiramisu Transit App
November 28, 2011. Carnegie Mellon University has released an Android version of Tiramisu, the smartphone application that enables transit riders in Allegheny County to share real-time information about bus schedules and seating. It is available for download at the Android Market. The original iPhone version of Tiramisu was released this summer. Thus far, users have recorded more than 10,000 trips on the Port Authority of Allegheny County transit system.
Tiramisu Cited by Intelligent Transportation Society
October 18, 2011. Tiramisu Transit, an iPhone app developed by Carnegie Mellon that uses crowdsourcing to help transit riders know when their bus will arrive, won second place in the Best New Innovative Products, Services, or Applications category of the 2011 Best of ITS Awards. The awards are sponsored by the Intelligent Transportation Society of America. They were announced at the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems & Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL.
CMU iPhone App Predicts Bus Arrival Times
July 27, 2011. Everybody who waits at a bus stop wants to know one thing: Where’s the bus? Thanks to Tiramisu, a new iPhone application developed at Carnegie Mellon University, transit riders in Pittsburgh will soon be able to get the answer by using crowdsourcing to share arrival times with each other. Tiramisu — literally, Italian for “pick me up” — makes it easy for riders to use their iPhones to signal the location and occupancy level of the Port Authority of Allegheny County bus they are riding, in real-time. The new app was developed by researchers in the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Accessible Public Transportation (RERC-APT), supported in part by CMU’s Traffic21 initiative. It is available free through the iTunes AppStore.