The question of rural connectivity with autonomous vehicles (AVs) raises some thorny issues. Long distances will translate into higher costs even for AVs due to distance-related vehicle maintenance and lack of accessible streets for people to reach the AV at common points, though the cost of software updating should be a fixed cost for every type of area. If AVs are not a profitable enterprise in rural areas (the reason ...more »
I would invite both domestic and foreign car manufacturers to participate in this effort to develop affordable vehicles for those in the disability community. The payback to these manufacturers: kudos and tax breaks
The question of fault and liability in case of a crash is one of the unresolved questions that likely needs an answer before mass commercialization of autonomous vehicles occurs.
Create a national performance standard and design regulations and leave oversight of insurance, licensing, and other issues to the states.
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.
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 »
There is a lack of research and no clear vision for self-driving vehicles in rural areas. The transportation needs of tribal nations must be considered.
Autonomous vehicles (AVs) developed with the proper policies will help make independence and economic self-sufficiency possible for people who are blind or have other disabilities. To ensure that people with disabilities can access and benefit from AVs and ensure state and federal policies do not preclude people with disabilities from accessing AVs, ODEP and SAFE should adopt the National Council on Disability’s (NCD) ...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 »