SBRI: Thistle Assistance app to help people with disability use public transport
This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition.
The aim is to:
- identify and understand in detail the challenges faced by disabled people when travelling
- explore how much these affect travel plans and choices about which modes of transport to use
- develop a door to door journey planning and wayfinding solution that helps alleviate them
The solution must be a mobile application that shows:
- relevant route information in a clear way
- which travel option to use
- where and when to get on and off
- what to do if lost
It must also allow a carer to see where the user is and communicate with them.
This competition is funded by the Can Do Innovation Challenge Fund.
This is phase 1 of a potential 2-phase competition. A decision to proceed with phase 2 will depend on the outcomes from phase 1. Only successful applicants from phase 1 will be able to apply to take part in phase 2.
Phase 1: research and development contracts, feasibility study
In the first phase research and development contracts will be awarded to demonstrate technical feasibility of the proposed solution.
We expect to fund up to 5 projects. The assessors will consider fair value in making their evaluation.
We would welcome bids that bring together a consortium of sector specialists.
Phase 2: research and development contracts, prototype development and testing
The successful phase 1 applicants will be able to apply for up to 2 R&D contracts. Up to £150,000, including VAT, will be allocated for each contract, in order to develop a prototype and undertake field testing in Scotland for up to 12 months.