A diversity of people live on the Earth, each with their own unique traits—big people, small people, strong people, weak people, people with small hands and with big hands, right-handed people and left-handed people. NTT believes that the aim of universal design maps is to create a diversity-tolerant society that allows all people to act on an equal footing and to enjoy their lives with a smile on their faces.
- 1 Using photos to make the guide easier to understand
- 2 Voice guidance
- 3 Easy access to information on current location
- 4 GPS-linked posting feature
- 5 Filters matching the purpose of use
1 Photo-centered content
Users can view landscapes and the insides of facilities via photos. In particular, 360-degree photos are available for some public restrooms.
2 Voice guidance
This function that reads registered information out loud enables users to capture information through sound without having to look at their smartphones.
3 Easy access to information on current location
Users can see map information on areas around their current location with a single click.
4 GPS-linked posting feature
This feature allows users to easily post universal design information on local communities.
5 Filters matching the purpose of use
Users can choose information display settings that best match what they are trying to do, whether it be searching for facilities for persons in wheelchairs, persons with visual impairments, parents with children/strollers, and persons using walking equipment.
In addition to facility information, users can also see how much space a stall has and its appearance via photos.
The map provides information on bumps, slopes, road widths, road surface status, and other conditions that require caution for pedestrians.
Users may be able to discover tourist spots and the hidden charm of the area, such as scenic landscapes and unique signboards, that are not listed in guidebooks.
Evacuation shelters (schools, etc.) are posted on the map. Check their locations to prepare for emergencies.
- Railway Crossing
Parking Lot/Public Transportation
- Parking Lot
- Bus Stop
- Taxi Stand
- Ticket Gate
- Wheelchair Accessible Ticket Gate
- Ticket Window
- Information Desk
- Wi-Fi Spot
- Bicycle Sharing Spot
- Pay Phone
- Vending Machine
- Nursing Room
- Rental Strollers Available
- Rental Wheelchairs Available
- Other Useful Information
Can be used
through the five senses
3 Intuitive usage
The Seven Principles
of Universal Design
The seven principles were developed by a working group of architects, product designers, engineers, and environmental design researchers led by Ronald Mace, a strong proponent of universal design.
Can be used by everyone fairly.
[Flexibility in Use]
Offers a great degree of freedom in its usage.
[Simple and Intuitive Use]
Design is easy to understand.
Communicates necessary information effectively.
[Tolerance for Error]
Designed to avoid mistakes and accidents.
[Size and Space for Approach and Use]
Appropriate size for ease of use.
[Low Physical Effort]
Can be used efficiently and comfortably with a natural posture and minimum exertion of strength.
1. Can be used by anyone
Doors can be opened without the use of hands.
Anyone can get on/off the bus without a problem.
Wide and easy-to-use automatic ticket gates.
2. Information conveyed through the five senses
Tactile paving blocks
Yellow tiles that guide persons along a path in public areas.
* Please don't park your bicycle or leave other belongings on the tiles.
Sounds to communicate the changes in traffic lights.
Tactile braille tiles offer guidance.
Braille on cans and the bumpy surfaces of shampoo containers communicate information using the five senses. This is also part of universal design.
3. Intuitive usage
Barrier-free restroom doors
The barrier-free bathroom doors close automatically so that people who have trouble moving around have no problems when they use them.
The buttons are located at a low position, and are large enough to be pressed with elbows.
Water automatically comes out with the person in a natural posture.
Before creating a universal design map, we learned directly from disabled people about important points in guiding and supporting disabled people, as well as about barriers in society, thereby deepening our understanding.
Even going over a small bump requires power.
Bumps higher than 1 cm are said to cause problems when traveling in a wheelchair.
It is necessary to talk out loud to persons with visual impairments when providing them with walking guidance.
Pay attention to overhead obstacles to provide safe walking guidance.
Some 50 people, mostly local students, participated in creating a universal design map of Sendai City. Participants worked in multiple groups to gather information on the charm of the city as well as barrier information.
Sendai City is also known for the origin of welfare services in Japan.
Braille blocks designed to guide pedestrians safely are installed on the pedestrian crossing as well.
Even a slight inclination makes traveling in a wheelchair very difficult. Outside slopes and inclines, as well as surfaces covered with high-resistance materials such as hotel carpets, also involves risks of accidents, including tripping.
I had fun while I learned.
I understood how difficult it is to walk while paying attention to the barrier-free properties of facilities.
I enjoyed gathering various information about the community.
Walking the streets made me realize how some people require help going over even slight bumps and slopes.
It was fun to watch all the information being entered on a map of the city I live in.
I was surprised to find many obstacles on the streets I walk on every day when I looked down.
Environment recommended for JAPAN WALK GUIDE
- Compatible devices: smartphones equipped with the following OSs
- OS/browser: Android OS 4.4 or higher and Chrome, iOS 9.2 or higher and the standard browser (Safari)
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