Next Article in Journal
Barriers to Food Security and Community Stress in an Urban Food Desert
Previous Article in Journal
Assessing Active Living Potential: Case Study of Jacksonville, Florida
Previous Article in Special Issue
Developing Policy for Urban Autonomous Vehicles: Impact on Congestion
Article Menu
Issue 2 (June) cover image

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Urban Sci. 2018, 2(2), 45; https://doi.org/10.3390/urbansci2020045

“Smart” Tools for Socially Sustainable Transport: A Review of Mobility Apps

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, VA 24061, USA
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 1 May 2018 / Revised: 23 May 2018 / Accepted: 27 May 2018 / Published: 30 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Future of Urban Transportation and Mobility Systems)
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [688 KB, uploaded 30 May 2018]   |  

Abstract

In the smart city, information and communications technologies (ICTs) are proposed as solutions to urban challenges, including sustainability concerns. While sustainability commonly refers to economic and environmental dimensions, the concept also contains a social component. Our study asked how smartphone applications (apps) address social-sustainability challenges in urban transport, if at all. We focused on transport disadvantages experienced due to low income, physical disability, and language barriers. A review of 60 apps showed that transport apps respond to these equity and inclusion issues in two ways: (a) by employing a universal design in general-use apps, including cost-conscious features, and providing language options; and (b) by specifically developing smartphone apps for persons with disabilities. The article discusses the study by positioning it in the literature of smart cities as well as socially sustainable transport. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart transport tools; smart and sustainable; social-sustainability smart transport tools; smart and sustainable; social-sustainability
Figures

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

Supplementary material

SciFeed

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Gebresselassie, M.; Sanchez, T.W. “Smart” Tools for Socially Sustainable Transport: A Review of Mobility Apps. Urban Sci. 2018, 2, 45.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Urban Sci. EISSN 2413-8851 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top