The government should enact regulation to encourage equity in access to autonomous vehicles. People with disabilities and people facing barriers to employment are typically low income. It is important for governments to craft regulations that will enhance our community and quality of life. Thus, autonomous vehicles should be introduced as shared vehicles, available to the middle class. This would help ensure quality and ...more »
NHTSA's 2.0 AV policy guidance includes a voluntary safety self-assessment. Waymo, the first AV developer to publicly release their VSSA, included a section on accessibility, which detailed features benefiting several disability types. Check it out here: http://links.targetedvictory.mkt5241.com/ctt?kn=8&ms=MzEwOTI1NzkS1&r=NTYzNjI3NjQ1NDQ4S0&b=0&j=MTE0MjQ3MzE3OAS2&mt=1&rt=0 It would be great if all other companies developing ...more »
Inherent in discussions about autonomous vehicles (AVs) are the costs associated with them. These costs are often presented in terms of cost of design/manufacture, purchase/lease, maintenance costs, insurance costs, and tax/licensing policy which promotes the development and deployment of AVs. The one aspect of government policy that has been overlooked in this discussion, so far, is the topic of the actual infrastructure ...more »
Autonomous vehicles need to be accessible for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. There is the physical accessibility, but there needs to be cognitive and programmatic accessibility. Furthermore, the Department of Health and Human Services needs to be involved in the dialogue because Medicaid and other support services play a role in autonomous vehicles, especially access to healthcare.
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 »
There are many technologies that will assist driverless cars to navigate to where they need to go. One of those technologies is "beacon" technology, for lack of a better term, which tells the car where it is in the network. (If they are not common now, they most certainly will be necessary when multiple driverless cars are on the road at the same time -- they will tell the cars not only where they are, but how far ...more »
The government should issue Request for Proposals that would encourage developers to design, manufacture, and promote the use of autonomous vehicles. Additionally, the cost of leasing (purchasing??) such vehicles should be an allowable cost in any employment and training program targeting individuals with disabilities who are seeking job training and/or employment.
To emphasize the safety, efficiency and effectiveness of such vehicles, governmental officials should use them for official transportation.
There needs to be a reassessment of the types of auto insurance that would be necessary for such a vehicle. A lowered insurance rate would encourage more use of the vehicle leading to more opportunities for economic and social self-sufficiency.
The government must develop tax policy that would encourage the development and sale of autonomous vehicles (e.g. reduced license fees, no sales tax, etc.)
While it is important for States to have some jurisdiction, for a fully autonomous vehicle there must not be any licensing requirement. Otherwise it defeats the benefit of the self driving car.
Travelers with disabilities may be willing to share certain personal information to receive customized services based on their disability. For example, mobility impaired persons may benefit from a service tailoring the pickup locations or vehicle types, or vision impaired persons may benefit from assistance locating the vehicle. Sharing personal information can enable benefits, but also has potential privacy and safety ...more »