Here’s what you need to know from our webinar on October 6th. To watch a replay of the webinar (in French), you can watch it here.
Reducing inequality was the first goal outlined in Article 1 of France’s 2019 mobility law, LOM (loi d’orientation des mobilités). This article reinforced mobility as an essential right for every individual, irrespective of their physical condition or socio-economic status in society. Approximately 12 million people in France suffer from a disability and yet transportation systems in France currently do not sufficiently address the needs of people with disabilities.During our webinar on October 6th held in partnership with Microsoft we explored how innovative digital solutions can contribute to achieving an inclusive mobility system in France.
If you’re interested in watching a replay of the webinar in French, you can watch it here.
The panelists from the webinar included:
- Anne-Claude Poinso, Director of Mobility Development at Microsoft
- Eneric Lopez, Director of Artificial Intelligence at Microsoft
- Arthur Alba, Co-founder of Streetco App
- Thomas Côte, Founder of wever
Insights from the webinar:
- How to build an inclusive mobility ecosystem: An inclusive mobility ecosystem should be built by taking into account the individual needs of all people. It can be further supported through provision of the right infrastructure and implementing innovative technologies, such as artificial intelligence for enabling cognitive visual services for those that are visually impaired). Equally important is collaborating on solutions by working with partners, such as government officials, startups and software publishers, as well as sharing information and data across the mobility network.
- The digital challenges to be met: There is a lack of data on the different profiles of individuals with disabilities. One of the digital challenges lies with gathering data on these individual profiles and creating personalized solutions specifically tailored for them. A second challenge is , integrating digital solutions for people with disabilities in the existing public transportation system. Investing more into the digital infrastructure systems is essential to ensuring digital solutions are seamlessly integrated into the mobility ecosystem. Lastly, there is a lack of awareness about using these technologies and applications. Educating people on using these technologies is fundamental to the success of building a strong inclusive mobility ecosystem.
- A new generation of inclusive mobility apps have entered the market: Two companies on the webinar, , Streetco and wever, provide unique services that specifically targets people with disabilities. Streetco is a pedestrian GPS application adapted to persons with disabilities. Arthur Alba, the co-founder of Streetco, created the app, after he struggled to get around Paris when he was temporarily disabled and using crutches. The second company, wever, is a platform that provides the end user with personalized mobility solutions that take into account the person’s needs and also what services the region offers.
- Microsoft’s solutions to inclusive mobility: Microsoft provides generalist technology platforms and industrial expertise that is built with the help of their partners in innovation (for instance, startups like Streetco and wever). Their mission is to work on technological solutions to bring innovations to market more quickly ]