For all generations, unrestricted individual mobility is crucial for social exchange and participation. A self-determined life in old age therefore requires support in coping with distances.
The project Mobia aims to enable elderly people to use public transport as an alternative to their own car. But there are many barriers to public transport: ticket vending machines are difficult to operate, especially for the elderly, and the entrances and exits of trains and buses are often a physical challenge, especially with luggage. Even the planning of a route with the help of the available timetables can be a difficult undertaking. The functionality of the developed system will be tested and evaluated by older people in Saarbrücken under the most realistic everyday conditions possible.
The project Mobia is setting up an ICT and service infrastructure that will help users to determine their own mobility. Based on technological innovations, the consortium aims to develop social innovations. The project will train mobility workers to help older people overcome difficult transitions and organise a seamless mobility chain. They should also help to minimize existing fears about technology.