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Improve Securement for AVs and Current Passenger Vehicles

USDOT should ensure AVs and current vehicles provide lifts or ramps, including kneeling, as well as securements. In addition, securements must include proper seat and shoulder belts in good repair. Today, the absence or incomplete presence of seat and shoulder belts often expose wheelchair riders to danger, even in ordinary traffic conditions, as opposed to a sudden stop or collision.

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Prioritizing Accessibility in FMVSS Changes

A recent NPRM regarding occupant protection for AVs provides 4 guiding principles NHTSA is using to address Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) reform and regulatory barriers. These include: (1) maintaining current performance requirements, (2) reducing unnecessary barriers and uncertainty for manufacturers, (3) maintaining the current regulatory text structure, and (4) remaining tech neutral. In addition to... more »

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Accessibility Assessments

USDOT should provide a template for private industry that could be used to undertake an accessibility assessment for all new vehicles. The assessment could be similar to the voluntary safety assessment. The results of the assessment should be included in the AV Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing (AV TEST) Initiative database and website.

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Anti-Discriminatory Insurance Policies

In addition to anti-discriminatory licensing, USDOT should highlight existing ADA requirements that prohibit refusal of service because of insurance company conditions, coverage or rates. Research, discussions and other steps should be undertaken to ensure insurance rates for vehicles with ramps, lifts and additional accessibility features are not prohibitive and do not stall testing and deployment. In addition, if passengers... more »

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State and Local Engagement

USDOT should develop engagement guidance to state departments of transportation, state policymakers, metropolitan planning organizations and transit agencies, that includes steps on how to include members of the disability community, low-income communities, and communities of color in advisory groups.

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Access for All, Needs-Based Implementation & Engagement

USDOT should encourage state DOTs and transit agencies partnering with or hosting AV testing or deployment to respond to the community's needs, particularly those in the disability community, low income, and communities of color, in rural and tribal areas that are often underserved. Agencies must engage these communities to identify problems and solutions, acknowledge the wealth of knowledge derived from experience, and... more »

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Subsidies & Resources Assistance for Private Ownership

Subsidies should be granted to low income communities, and people with disabilities, to ensure that all Americans have access. In addition, USDOT could encourage public private partnerships and foundations to consider funding for those in need. Subsidies and community ownership of vehicles could allow for those in rural areas without access to transit to benefit.

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Same desire as people without disabilities trending idea

People with disabilities have the right to the same modes of transportation as people without disabilities. For the vast majority of Americans, their preference is door-to-door transportation without the need to switch modes of transportation-- in other words, a personal conveyance device, also known as a car. With the rise in popularity of Lyft and Uber for the general population, those options need to be accessible... more »

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zTrsnsportatikn of mobility devices

Transporting an electric mobility scooter can be very problematic sometimes.

Often, airplanes transport the scooter in baggage with oversized luggage, wheelchairs and strollers. The have dismantled the scooter,, removed the seat and handlbars, or placed heavy objects on it. These damages have resulted in long delays returning it at the airport, missed flights, long delays for repairs at destinations, inability to use... more »

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Accessibility of Technology

Vehicles are increasingly using more and more technologies. It should be standardized that Input/Output should be accessible to those with sensory disabilities. Moreover, with the development of self-driving autonomous vehicles, those new vehicles should be accessible for those with mobility disabilities as well. For example, a person who is blind or deaf should be able to enter a, say, autonomous taxi and able able to... more »

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Facilitate standardization for automated wheelchair securement

Volkswagen Group of America supports DOT's focus on accessible transportation, including its announcement to create an online resource or library to house industry-produced accessible design standards and best practices and funding preliminary research work to begin the process of developing voluntary standards for vehicle accessibility developed by a private Standards Development Organization.

Despite fully self-driving... more »

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Enforce Federal Requirements for Disabled Parking Permits

According to the latest Census data, disabled people represent 25% if the US population (61,000,000). All of these people feel entitled to a disabled person's parking permit. However, the ADA requires only 2% of all parking spaces to be accessible. This proportion was arrived at via U.S. Access Board research relying on standards for qualification for disabled parking permits issued by DOT under 23 CFR Part 1235, which... more »

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Rural Nonprofit Transportation to Urban Locations

Rural isolation in unincorporated areas of counties makes it financially and geographically difficult for urban and suburban transit to provide needed door to door pick up when it is 7 miles or further to the rural location from the edge of the urban or suburban setting where services are available. Nonprofits can provide the dead end trips that allow rural isolated seniors and adults with disabilities who are unable... more »

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