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Pokémon Might Become the New Smart City Urban Accessibility Master

Screenshot_2018-07-06 Pokémon GO

Pokémon Might Become the New Smart City Urban Accessibility Master

Not just a child’s game anymore.

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Sharon King, who uses a power wheelchair, is attempting to navigate a cracked street and travel onto the sidewalk without a proper curb cut or ramp. Photo by the Colorado Springs Gazette

For the estimated 53 million U.S. adults living with disabilities, moving around and within a city may feel like an obstacle course. Hilly terrain and elevated pathways can prove daunting for people with disabilities (PWDs). There’s also the problem of cracked sidewalks and poorly designed or non-existing curb cuts and ramps.

And despite the 1990 passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act, which laid out standards for making public areas accessible, there are still public and private businesses that fail to have or maintain accessible entrances and exits for wheelchair users and guide dogs. Is there a Smart City solution?

 

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Pokémon GO Logo with a Pokémon wearing a brown hat, arms in the air and smiling.

What if Pokémon GO Trainers could capture, share, and exchange real-time accessibility information to dynamically help PWDs better navigate their Smart City urban jungles? That’s right, think about it.

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