LIG - Laboratoire d'Informatique de Grenoble
The Autonomie project was initiated by a visually-impaired engineer who wanted to help others with the same handicap get around more easily on their own--whether indoors, outdoors, or on public transportation. Autonomie is unique in that it aims to give users the same level of service regardless of where they are or what technology is being employed. The project also involves an innovation competition where developers strive to develop new technology to assist the disabled.
Autonomie is not focused on inventing new technology, but rather on using existing technology in new ways. The challenge will be to get the many different types of technology and platforms involved to work together effectively. The project team wants to use devices that are already widespread among the general public, like smartphones--but such systems often don't deliver the necessary performance. They plan to get around this problem with a new method for consolidating data from several different systems for use in decision-making.