Media advance app project from VEMI Lab group

WVII (Channel 7) reported on a research project to develop a smartphone app that will help people with visual impairments and seniors enjoy ride-sharing and ride-hailing with self-driving cars. A research group led by the Virtual Environments and Multimodal Interaction Laboratory (VEMI Lab) at the University of Maine is creating the app known as the Autonomous Vehicle Assistant (AVA), which will help users request, find and enter a vehicle using a multisensory interface that provides guidance through audio and haptic feedback and high-contrast visual cues. The Bangor Daily News and shared the UMaine press release about the project.