The competition has provided vital information about good app design and designing for accessibility.
Transport for London (TfL) today named the winners of a competition to find new accessible apps to make it easier for disabled and older people to travel around the city.
The announcement, coming on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities follows a competition held between March and August this year.
Developers were asked for ideas for new 'Accessibility Apps' which will make TfL realtime information easier to use - for example for customers with vision impairments.
All apps use live information from TfL free of charge.
Accessible to all customers
The Mayor and Transport for London are committed to making the transport network more accessible to all customers.
This includes making 27 more Underground and London Overground stations step-free over the next seven years as well as providing more manual boarding ramps and raised platform sections, better signage, online information and staff training.
Specialists from AbilityNet and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) tested 194 apps for features that affect app accessibility such as use of colour contrast, voiceover capability, and user experience.
The shortlisted apps were then assessed by a panel made up of people with a range of disabilities or with expertise in accessibility needs.
The apps that clearly demonstrated these attributes are:
In addition, TfL Fare Calculator, Citymapper and London Bus Times Preview were all Highly Commended
Leon Daniels, Managing Director of Surface Transport at TfL, said: 'I would like to thank everyone who entered the competition and gave consideration to designing an innovative app with accessibility in mind. The response has been very positive and showed that app developers are actively trying to make their apps accessible and build in features for specific needs.
'The competition has provided vital information about good app design and designing for accessibility. TfL will be using the lessons learnt from this competition to help support developers in their app development and to promote well designed apps using TfL information. It is an important step forward in encouraging "mainstream" Apps to meet the needs of all passengers.'
Peter Abrahams, OneVoice ICT said: 'The response to the competition was very positive. The competition showed that high quality, accessible and innovative apps can be achieved by designing for speech recognition and audio interpretation; the meaningful labelling of buttons, links and images, the ability to read everything logically and provide alternatives to maps for those who are unable to use them.'
1.The judges were:
2. AbilityNet is a coalition member of OneVoice. OneVoice is a coalition of organisations and individuals who have come together to assist organisations in embedding accessible information and communication
3. This competition is the first stage of an engagement plan with developers to produce new accessible journey planning tools. The next stage saw Step Free Tube Guide data made available digitally for the first time in August 2013
4. The judges looked for apps which displayed innovation in one of the following areas to maximise accessibility to all users:
5. Passengers have benefited from recent technological innovations including on-bus audio/visual announcements, Countdown bus arrival information, Wi-Fi in many Tube and Overground stations and an online resource showing stations with step free access and giving advice on avoiding stairs and the best ways to navigate the transport network. New lifts have been installed on the Tube, many more bus stops have been made accessible and wide aisle gates, raised platform sections and manual boarding ramps have been introduced to make getting around easier
6. In 2010, TfL set up its Developers' Area following the GLA London Data Store initiative to publish high-quality operational data in the most accessible format possible making travel data available to developers free of charge. The objective of this was to enable research, promote economic activity and to encourage technical developments that would enable TfL's passenger information to reach as wide a customer base as possible. Since then, subscribing development partners have developed over 194 apps covering all areas of transport in London
|Number of entries||Workable apps using TfL data on an app store at competition close||No app available/invalid entry|
Total apps assessed
|Apps assessed||Competition entries||Non competition|
Modes covered by app
Cost to download app
|Free||Up to £0.70||£0.71-£0.99||£1.00-£1.49||£1.50-£1.99||£2.00-£2.99|
First down select for testing
47 apps down selected for testing
Assessed by judging panel and TfL post testing
32 apps were assessed after testing
8 apps were shortlisted for final assessment
Android iPhone Windows
Bus Tube Multi-modal Other
|5||3||4 3 1||3 2 2 1|
1One late entry delayed while licensing issues agreed
2Discerned by app name and brief description. Actual content of app may differ
3All competition apps were down selected for testing