Philadelphia’s augmented reality challenge targets transit navigation

Philadelphia will this summer challenge community members to design augmented reality technologies that help residents navigate the region’s public transit system.

Teams will be encouraged to build AR-based applications for any part of a public transit journey — from trip planning on a smartphone to stepping off of a bus — and will receive input from people with disabilities to refine their applications ahead of the Aug. 2 deadline, the city announced Monday. SmartCityPHL, the office running the competition alongside the city’s Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority, is also working with the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University to ensure the competition is accessible to everyone, said Emily Yates, Philadelphia’s smart city director.