Project to assist travel for the disabled16/08/17Science & Technology
Accomable, the ‘Airbnb for disabled people’, is working with EU-funded project EuTravel to shape the future of accessible travel and enable those with a mobility issue to book ‘door-to-door’ transport across the EU.
Working with major global distribution system (GDS) providers and transport companies, EuTravel will tap into existing mainstream IT travel reservation systems and sources of travel data to enable people to find and book complete door-to-door transport routes via multiple modes of transport, including air, rail, bus and ferry, to and from all countries within the EU, via a single platform.
Managed by Inlecom, a management consultancy firm, EuTravel has collaborated with Accomable, the global platform for finding adapted hotels and vacation rentals for disabled and elderly people, to participate in the project pilot and identify the challenges faced by less mobile travellers, and to ensure accessible transport options are easy to find and book as part of the new system.
Inlecom’s project support director, Yash Chadha, said: “Accessibility is at the heart of the EuTravel project. Our technology will make it easy for citizens of the EU and international visitors to travel across the single market, and to plan journeys which suit their individual needs. Key to this is ensuring the service is open to everyone, including disabled users and anyone with a mobility issue, which is why we’re thrilled to have Accomable onboard as consultants on accessibility.”
Accomable’s CEO and co-founder, Srin Madipalli, said: “Our mission has always been to enable anyone to go anywhere, so we are delighted to be working with EuTravel project to ensure disabled people worldwide can research and book accessible transport across the EU with ease.
“Our disabled customers are extremely aware of how difficult it is to plan accessible transport routes when travelling at home and abroad, as online information is often incorrect or out of date. Our role will be to consult EuTravel project towards delivering a solution that contains full accessibility information you can trust.”