Accessibility for Passengers with Sensory or Cognitive Disabilities

Electro-magnetic radiation

None of the Access Board's series of virtual meetings on making Autonomous Vehicles accessible to passengers with disabilities address persons disabled by electro-magnetic radiation. I am concerned there will be no means of transportation (public or private) available for these individuals. We are a group of people who are often without a voice because many can't use computers and most can not use cell phones. We are finding it increasingly difficult to obtain services like medical care because to go out we are exposed to intolerable levels of wireless radiation. We are isolated and autonomous vehicles will further isolate us.

I currently drive an older manual transmission car with no GPS. About a year ago I was going to ride with a group of people in a van that a friend had rented at the airport. There was a very strong electro-magnetic field in the vehicle that caused me very intense pain. After only two blocks I had to be abruptly let out of the vehicle. I walked back to my car and drove separate.

The increased radiation exposure emitted by autonomous vehicles should be a concern to all.


The FCC guidelines only address thermal effects of wireless radiation. The FCC acknowledges that there may be non-thermal biological effects from low levels of wireless radiation including immune, neurological, behavioral, as well as cancer.(1)

The EPA acknowledges the limitations of the FCC wireless radiation exposure guidelines stating that they are thermally based, and do not apply to chronic, nonthermal exposure though they are often represented as safe by the industry.(2)

Lloyds of London backed CFC Underwriting excludes coverage related to electromagnetic radiation, considering it to be a risk on the same level as asbestos.(3)

Lloyd's of London is one of the world's largest insurance companies. They assume risks that other companies won't.

I don't know what the solution is. Possibly look into double shielding wiring, creating a Faraday cage inside the vehicle with no emitters located inside, Locate things generating magnetic fields away from passenger area and shielding, use the lowest powered wireless signals possible and provide a way for wireless to be turned off.

(1) pp. 8 Federal Communications Commission Office of Engineering & Technology, Questions and Answers about Biological Effects and Potential Hazards of Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields

OET BULLETIN 56 Fourth Edition August 1999


(3) p.7 #32 ( #29 asbestos)


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