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Shared vehicles to increase equity, access and reduce traffic

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 »

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Include Accessibility in Your Voluntary Safety Self-Assessment

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 »

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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!

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Don't forget the costs of infrastructure and building community

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 »

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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 »

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Accessibility for People with IDD

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.

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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 »

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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 »

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Perkins School for the Blind - Role of Government

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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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