|M.Sc Student||Rabota Nils|
|Subject||Research of Solutions for the Design of a New Means of|
Public Transportations for Defined Areas, Suitable
for Populations Having Different
|Department||Department of Architecture and Town Planning||Supervisors||Professor Ron Nabarro|
|Professor Shlomo Bekhor|
This work deals with the suitability of public transport for population with disabilities. According to previous researches related to this population, there are many problems in areas such as lack of safety and insufficient comfort. The main assumption of this research is that improvement of usability and effectiveness of the transport system will lead to comfortable use of electric vehicles by the disabled, as well as increased use and freedom of activity in everyday life. The research explores the concept of the project “Cyber Car” that is under development in European Commission.
The research was carried out according to two subjective research aspects:
· A survey based on a questionnaire designed for subjective testing of level of comfort for existing public transport and in new public electric vehicles during the process of use. During the survey behavioral characteristics were analyzed and specific needs for disabled people were consolidated. The interviews with potential users were conducted and analyzed direct viewing of situations and general use process of the transport systems. Part of the work uses and analyzes the data from an existing project (which was conducted by Israel’s Ministry of Transport).
· The investigation of problems in population with disabilities in the context of use of public transport and Cyber Car with a formation of possible solutions. Gathering relevant material in the areas of special equipment for handicapped and elderly people in the context of public transport, desired characteristics of transport for elderly people, information display in public transport, safety and error prevention.
The general design solutions that were formulated in the process of research were based on the combination of needs for the variety of public transport users that will promote increased usage by older people including those with some cognitive, sensory, and motor problems. The problem areas of research were: transport access, navigation system interaction, and internal space of the vehicle.