If the vehicle has a wide retractible ramp that can automatically deploy upon arrival to transport any rider who indicates through their profile within a service app that a ramp is needed and/or at the time the trip is requested, the vehicle can be automatically accessible. And ramps represent an element of universal design so benefit other riders besides those using mobility devices.
Please discuss the ways of getting the vehicle body close enough to the ground for a wheelchair user to enter easily given that AVs will have a battery in the floor of the vehicle. How can all of these issues be accommodated?
AVs in transit should come in various types (sedan, SUV, minivan, etc.) to accommodate those who need either a lower or higher entry point for entering and exiting. For example, someone who cannot use one side of his body due to multiple strokes would need a higher entry point to safely enter and exit the vehicle.
Seating and Seat Belt:
Seats that swivel to allow for easier entering and exiting... more »
For older adults, I think the following might prove to be important:
Rails and handles to grasp
Ability... more »