Accessibility of Autonomous Vehicles

Include Accessibility from the start

I have some concern that most pilot projects with autonomous vehicles seem to be leaving accessibility and universal design-related issues as secondary. We see a lot of publicity for autonomous vehicles in public transit and/or personal vehicles and how they will benefit the disability community and older adults, yet the pilot projects are not remotely accessible. Designing the vehicles with universal design NOW is critical, ...more »

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Different levels of accessibility

I think for accessibility - some things should be universal - like choosing different languages, have text to voice, enhanced visual warnings for the deaf, wide doors, and things like that. But I don't think it would be cost effective - or maybe not even possible - to have all vehicles have all accessible options. For instance, my company provides accessible transportation which includes transportation for people confined ...more »

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Look for Connected Vehicles before Autonomous Ones

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-autonomous-vehicles-20161025-story.html Excerpt: Managing a road network with mixed driver-operated and autonomous vehicles will be complicated, and a major reduction in crashes — most of which are caused by human error — will not happen until just about all vehicles are autonomous or connected. Connected vehicles (CV) are not autonomous, but they do communicate with ...more »

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Use Lower Levels of Automation to Help Autistic People Drive

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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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)
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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)
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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 »

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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 »

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Required features

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 »

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System Safety & Risk Management Research

For the sake of my discussion, I've assumed av's are near perfect driving machines. My interest is how people with disabilities interact with the av's, and the safety of travel of a person's complete trip. Will av services learn from close-calls and near misses of human interactions? Many public transportation operators have system safety plans where near-misses and close calls of incidents and collisions are investigated. ...more »

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Privately Owned AVs in Rural Areas

Is there a reason we are not considering these for private ownership by individuals with disabilities? For individuals in more rural areas, or that have a commute that exceeds the boundaries of the public transit system, these vehicles could make a big difference on their ability to interact with the community. [ODEP note: Ownership could include individuals, cooperatives of people, local and regional governments, and ...more »

Submitted by (@sstone8507)
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0.98 Value: 5.13
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