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.
It would be great if all other companies developing... 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.
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.
The government should issue Request for Proposals that would encourage developers to design, manufacture, and promote the use of autonomous vehicles. Additionally, the cost of leasing (purchasing??) such vehicles should be an allowable cost in any employment and training program targeting individuals with disabilities who are seeking job training and/or employment.
State and local governments can demonstrate their commitment to employment access for their employees with disabilities by owning and operating accessible AVs .
There needs to be a reassessment of the types of auto insurance that would be necessary for such a vehicle. A lowered insurance rate would encourage more use of the vehicle leading to more opportunities for economic and social self-sufficiency.