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 working prototype. The plan is to trial the proof-of-concept prototype at the beginning of 2016 on a bus with volunteers.
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