Next Steps for Accessible Design of AVs

Common Data fields for Accessibility Needs

In the new multimodal multi-provider mobility environment including robocars, we need common data fields to specify client accessibility needs. The list is longer than just which assisted devices are used and whether the rider is sighted, hearing, and English-speaking. Some riders require additional prompts to guide or reassure them due to mental health conditions (severe anxiety, for example), cognitive impairments, and the effects of autism. As autism is substantially a sensory issue, the rider with autism needs only the prompts that are helpful - without becoming overwhelmed. Those who have developed transit apps for people with autism likely have the expertise needed to contribute to this conversation.

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Idea No. 562