As part of the MyAccessible.EU project, CAP4Access funded by the European Commission, has produced a number of tools aiming at improving accessibility for people with reduced mobility and raising awareness to the challenges faced by those people with regards to getting around everyday environments.

An initiative of CAP4Access partner Sozialhelden e.V. It allows users to find accessible places on a map covering the whole world. If the wheelchair-accessibility of a place has not been reviewed yet, users are invited to tag places themselves. In 2015, Wheelmap has been further improved by adding a feature for tagging and displaying the availability of an accessible toilet within buildings intended for the public. The search interface has been enhanced to allow people to look for accessible toilets in the vicinity of their current location. In addition, Wheelmap can now also be included as a widget on third parties' websites.
The web map component of the Obstacle Tagging Service is the primary location for people to view the obstacles recorded by others. Not only can they view the obstacles and corresponding description and imagery, they can also view local Mapillary imagery alongside the obstacles in the area.
The well established OpenRouteService has been extended to allow for routing where important properties for people with reduced mobility are taken into account. These properties include avoiding steps, the specification of maximum values for slope and curb height, and the selection of preferred surface material to traverse.
The Wheelchair Navigation App is an Android navigation tool that makes use of the wheelchair routing provided by the OpenRouteService to navigation a person from their current location to a desired destination. This destination can be selected from Wheelmap locations, local public toilets, or can simply be searched for within the app. Not only does it provide routes that aim to be suitable for wheelchair users based on preferences entered by the user, it also delivers instructions in a format that is easier for pedestrians to understand by making use of local landmarks within the instructions.
The visualisation tools shall facilitate the browsing of accessibility (wheelmap) tags and provide aggregate information. Given the visible extent of the map, statistical diagrams and specific aggregate icons on the map will show, for example, the overall number of wheelmap-tagged objects, and the overall or relative number of red (object not accessible), green (object accessible), orange (object partially accessible) and grey (object not yet evaluated) tags.
Mobility-impaired pedestrians, such as wheelchair users or people with walking frames or rolling walkers, have significantly different demands regarding information about their physical environment than car drivers and non-impaired pedestrians. This is due to their usually lesser physical abilities when it comes to e.g. taking one or more steps, mastering slopes up- or downwards, or driving on a narrow sidewalk. The data integration task of CAP4Access is trying to make such data available so that they can be utilized by the routing and navigation algorithms developing in the project. As a prerequisite, the data must then be integrated into the Open Source and Open Data platform OSM.
Heidelberg University's OSMatrix tool has been extended significantly both on its client- and server-side. It can now be used to display OSM statistics such as the degree of coverage of information relevant for accessibility (e.g. availability of sidewalks) in a hexagonal net on top of a geographical map.
The quality assurance editor is a tool implemented and maintained by the OpenStreetMap community which assists in the investigation of data completeness. Its primary focus is to portray the presence of street based data such as (in particular) surfaces. When information is lacking, the corresponding way feature is displayed on the map interface in red and the user has the ability to directly update the OSM data to include the missing information. Options have been added as part of the CAP4Access project to show the availability of OSM tags relating to the incline, surface and smoothness of ways, as well as the presence of sidewalks. The source code is completely open and available via github.
MapMyDay, an awareness raising campaign on the occasion of 2015's International Day of Persons with Disabilities, had a twofold purpose – first to gather as much information on the wheelchair accessibility of places worldwide in a short period of time and second to raise awareness for accessibility issues among a broad, global audience. The tools deployed for the purpose included a website featuring a localisable map, a “social wall” displaying all social media posts using the #MapMyDay hashtag, and a long list of testimonials in advert-style from prominent supporters.
MyAccessibleEU Obstacle Mapper has been developed as part of the MyAccessibleEU project and consists of several components:
- Sapelli, a mobile data collection application;
- GeoKey, a server-side repository for participatory mapping projects and;
- Community Maps, a participatory mapping data collection and visualisation tool.