The Smart Pedestrian Cities Laboratory (VIP), a unique facility in the field of pedestrian mobility, aims to give citizens the opportunity to be active players in the “smart city.” The lab’s mission is to document the pedestrian experience, empower pedestrians as key stakeholders in smart cities, and help develop technological and other tools to make utilitarian walking a viable method of urban travel.
Based on immersive experiments conducted with volunteer pedestrians, urban planners and developers, as well as pilot projects promoting utilitarian walking, VIP seeks to promote walking as a recognized mode of transportation that is both pleasant and accessible to all. It also aims to take a critical look at smart cities and their impacts.
VIP documents pedestrian experiences using data collection kits composed of:
VIP is available to faculty members, students, and research staff at the INRS Urbanisation Culture Société Research Centre for their research projects. Lab resources can also be used for external collaborations or R&D contracts. Contact us
VIP Lab was created with funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Opportunity Fund.