Participation of elderly people in smart city planning by means of virtual reality

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PubDate: June 2020

Teams: Nuremberg Institute of Technology

Writers: Timo Götzelmann;Julian Kreimeier

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Abstract

Urbanisation is progressing, the population in many countries has a growing proportion of old people. This must be taken into account when transforming urban environments into Smart Cities. On the one hand, general accessibility rules must be taken into account in the planning of buildings and urban environments. However, an essential requirement for transformation is the participation of citizens, i.e., concrete suggestions for improvement from citizen should be taken into account. Elderly people are a valuable source of information for improvements. Instead of simply involving them in the modification of existing facilities, our approach suggests that they should be included in the planning process. However, abstract plans and questionnaires allow only limited insights for ordinary citizen. Therefore, our approach aims at providing a suitable interface to interactively walk through and annotate virtual reality plans for buildings and city districts. We present a working prototype for elderly people based on 3D consumer hardware appropriate form of locomotion with which they can explore and annotate urban planning according to their individual needs.

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