Accessibility of Autonomous Vehicles

Mobility for All @ Volkswagen Group Future Center California

The VW Group Future Center California is actively looking to build a network of community advisors to provide input on future inclusive mobility designs. We’ve set up a central inbox at Mobility.for.All@vw.com and would like to invite all who are interested in engaging with us on this topic to start a dialogue. We look forward to your input!

Submitted by (@alison.pascale)

Voting

3 votes
3 up votes
0 down votes
Gather Ideas

Accessibility of Autonomous Vehicles

Ensure that vehicles are not only autonomous, but "connected"

If we are talking autonomous vehicles as a way of better enabling those with disabilities to find more independence and connect with jobs, one almost must ensure that connected vehicles are used. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but current legislation is considering Level 4 and Level 5 automation. Here are descriptions of that level of automation, from an excellent article provided to me elsewhere in this conversation> ...more »

Submitted by (@sharonaustin)

Voting

2 votes
2 up votes
0 down votes
Gather Ideas

Accessibility of Autonomous Vehicles

Increase school loan for autisitic people, scholarships, grants

My idea is we need to develop cars for people that help with hand-eye coordination problems, as well as, in helping autistic people who have to use all their senses so they can be able to drive better. I believe they would be less nervous on the road and would get into less accidents that way. As someone who wants to be a social worker/ and who also majoring in political science I would have to rely on vehicles to get ...more »

Submitted by (@baldwin)

Voting

2 votes
2 up votes
0 down votes
Gather Ideas

Accessibility of Autonomous Vehicles

Cost

The average cost of car ownership in the US today is $750/month - including gas, insurance, maintenance, depreciation, etc. I think that is a reasonable threshold cost for at will utilization of a shared AV for anyone - including a person with disabilities that might require a specialized vehicle or with specific accommodations. A "regular" shared AV might be used 80% of the time and have minimal downtime between users ...more »

Submitted by (@andyberan)

Voting

4 votes
4 up votes
0 down votes
Gather Ideas

Accessibility of Autonomous Vehicles

Development of Technology in Accordance with Universal Design

Perkins School for the Blind thanks the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) for the opportunity to provide recommendations on ODEP's and SAFE's efforts to develop resources on how self-driving vehicles can be of use to people with disabilities as they seek stable and long-term employment. Perkins is a progressive, multifaceted organization committed to improving the ...more »

Submitted by (@leif.brierley)

Voting

4 votes
4 up votes
0 down votes
Gather Ideas

Accessibility of Autonomous Vehicles

Achieving Wheelchair Accessible On-Demand Transportation

As someone who's been exploring the idea of equal on-demand transportation for people with disabilities, I feel we need to first solve the lack of WAVs (Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles) on the networks of major TNCs like Uber and Lyft. In most US cities, simply getting a human-driven on-demand WAV ride through Uber or Lyft is nearly impossible. I believe solving this problem first will bring us much closer and move us ...more »

Submitted by (@peter.d.firpo)

Voting

7 votes
7 up votes
0 down votes
Gather Ideas

Accessibility of Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous Vehicle Interface for Visually Impaired Users

At the University of Florida I am currently conducting research designed to make autonomous vehicles accessible for users with disabilities. Currently, we are developing a system designed to help individuals with visual impairments control and interact with a fully autonomous vehicle. The system will enable users to enter their desired destination and route using touch or speech input. The system also uses a number of ...more »

Submitted by (@julian.brinkley)

Voting

7 votes
7 up votes
0 down votes
Gather Ideas

Accessibility of Autonomous Vehicles

Perceptions

The data shows that existing transportation options are not well utilized by disabled persons. There is hope that new transportation options (AVs) will be better utilized. This will require a statistically valid qualitative study of perceptions of existing options and potential future options. I've chosen to write my doctoral dissertation on just this study. It is important to establish, from the perception of disabled ...more »

Submitted by (@andyberan)

Voting

6 votes
6 up votes
0 down votes
Gather Ideas

Accessibility of Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous Vehicles Guardians Comfort with Community

There are many many reason to look at autonomous vehicles and people with disabilities using this for transportation to work. However one aspect that may not have been talked about is the comfort of some guardians to allow their adult children to ride in autonomous vehicle when they are too hesitant to consider other means. Parents would need to be fully informed about how safe this could be, but would eventually become ...more »

Submitted by (@marsha.threlkeld)

Voting

4 votes
5 up votes
1 down votes
Gather Ideas

Accessibility of Autonomous Vehicles

Speed Dial, but for Autonomous Vehicles

I think it would be very helpful for people with cognitive disabilities (and for everyone else, too) to have easily accessible, image supported "speed dial" options on an autonomous vehicle, like "supermarket," "work," "doctor," or "school" that take people to preferred locations. Machine learning could even help "learn" what people like and make suggestions to help us go to new places, make new friends, and expand our ...more »

Submitted by (@sluterman)

Voting

6 votes
6 up votes
0 down votes
Gather Ideas

Accessibility of Autonomous Vehicles

Required fearures

As a person with a disability and a retired Wells Fargo IT manager, I want to ensure the following features will be included in all self-driving vehicles: 1. Passengers can communicate with self-driving vehicles through speech, text, and via an app on the passengers' mobile device 2. There must be space in self-driving vehicles for at least 2 powered wheelchairs and an attendant 3. There must be a way for people using ...more »

Submitted by (@neil00)

Voting

6 votes
7 up votes
1 down votes
Gather Ideas