The Transport Systems Catapult has welcomed All Aboard Competition winner Daria Buszta to the Imovation Centre in Milton Keynes to see how her idea is being brought to life by Southampton based Mobile Onboard.
Run by the Transport Systems Catapult on behalf of the Department for Transport, the ‘All Aboard’ competition invited students aged 14-18 to come up with innovative solutions to make buses more accessible for people with visual or hearing impairments. Daria Buszta, an AS-Level student at Nottingham’s Bilborough College, was named the competition’s winner after impressing an expert panel of judges, headed by the Transport Minister.
Daria’s “ViBus” design involves Bluetooth-enabled wristbands that can be handed out by bus drivers, and which vibrate when a passenger approaches his or her stop. The wristband will now be developed into a prototype by Mobile Onboard, who specialise in providing innovative and cost-effective technology to the public transport industry (http://mobileonboard.com/). The plan is to trial the proof-of-concept prototype at the beginning of 2016 on a bus with volunteers.
Daria also met with TSC COO Mark Ruddy who commented:
“Daria is an inspirational young lady who has come up with a smart, simple solution to a complicated problem. I am very excited to see her idea come to life with the help of Mobile Onboard as her “ViBus” design has to potential to make a real difference in the lives of many people with visual and hearing impairments. Hopefully Daria will be the first of a new generation of innovators who will solve the transport problems of today and tomorrow.”
Hear more about Daria’s idea and the All Aboard competition in this 5 minute podcast: