Continue the Conversation: AVs Driving Employment for People with Disabilities

Continue the Conversation: AVs Driving Employment for People with Disabilities

At the Automated Vehicles Symposium, the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Transportation co-hosted a listening session on AVs, accessibility, and employment. Help us continue the conversation on the ways in which accessible AVs can be leveraged to drive employment for Americans with disabilities.
(@baldwin)

Continue the Conversation: AVs Driving Employment for People with Disabilities

why, isn't emotional disability, included in the report.?

I think it is great that almost all the disabilities are included in the report, but what is missing is emotional disability. Here is a suggestion, why not have NAMII (national alliance on mental illness l) included as part of the discussion. My suggestion on how to improve cars for people with mental illness, is that medications makes them sleepy behind the wheel and therefore we should try to improve the cars alert... more »

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(@andyberan)

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Costs of Transportation

I might be overly optimistic, but I have seen the AV technology in action and I have no doubt that it will reach a point where reliable and safe AVs will be deployed in large numbers. But I wonder about the costs of transportation and the willingness of people to pay for it. For instance, most American's spend about $700/month on a privately owned vehicle (gas, car payment, insurance, maintenance, repairs, etc.). So... more »

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(@grossglaser)

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Embedding accessibility in the AV revolution

What much of the discussion on this AV forum seems to be asking for is actually universal accessibility and better transportation overall, for all geographic areas, two issues that are not AV issues as much as pleas for improving the transportation system that currently exists. We need universal design for the vehicle accessibility and then for interface accessibility for AVs, designs that allow for the redundancy of... more »

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(@epolicyworks)

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Integrate AVs into existing local transportation partnerships

AVs should use a similar example to the partnerships between local governments, not-for-profits and large employers to provide accessible transportation to work. This model has proven viable for providing transportation to the transportation disadvantaged. For example, the Hope Nework in Michigan - https://hopenetwork.org/transportation-services/

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Involve employers and healthcare providers

A business case was made for looking at cost through the lens of savings to employers and healthcare providers when employees or patients show up for work or appointments, rather than missing these activities due to a lack of transportation.

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(@epolicyworks)

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Cost structure for AVs in rural areas

Need to create a cost structure that works for rural communities. The challenge of deploying AVs to rural areas is that the cost increases as population density decreases, trips become longer, and there are more "dead miles," or trips where the vehicle is empty.

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