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Older Adults

I'm especially concerned with the acceptance and adoption of Shared Autonomous Vehicles by older adults. There is a high correlation between perceived trust and the use of SAVs. Trust comes in part from ease of use and the perception that a person will be able to safely initiate and complete a ride.

For older adults, I think the following might prove to be important:

Adequate lighting

Rails and handles to grasp

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Vehicle Auditory Feedback for the Visually Impaired

As an Orientation and Mobility Specialist, I teach people with vision loss or blindness how to navigate their world independently using a multisensory approach. Auditory feedback of their environment is increasingly important for decision-making skills, particularly when initiating a safe street crossing, crossing driveways, and when navigating parking lots. People who are blind or have limited vision are very dependent... more »

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Height of Body, Seating, and Seat Belt of AVs

Height of the Vehicle:

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:

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Access to transportation

The only companyat who is best at making autonomous vehicles, is the Company called WAYMO. Given where they are located, I'll bet that they would be willing to make any of their autonomous vehicles accessible in any way. Whether it would be a vehicle accessible for people with wheelchairs, that whether that means that the roof of the vehicle needs to be higher, whatever the case may be. Right now, that their early writers... more »

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Ramped Entrance for Autonomous Vehicles

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.

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Manufacturers Need to Know Accessibility is in their Interest.

Manufacturers need to understand the synergies in offering accessibility features for people with disabilities and ease-of-use for those without disabilities. For example, a wheelchair ramp can also be used by grocery shoppers with 2-wheel pull-carts, parents with strollers and tourists with roll-on luggage. With other market segments in mind, manufacturer business plans should assess the total potential market who would... more »

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Taxi 2000

Autonomous vehicles can not reduce the number of cars on exicting roads .We can reduce the number of vehicles if we will use autonomous vehicles riding over briges above existing roads , same " Taxi 2000 " .

I desined preliminary project " Portland Skyweb Express " and sent it to Oregon Department of Transportation .

 

P.S. Project files Autucad are not supportad for attach in your ideascale

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Collaboration with Stakeholders

We recently completed a study in Michigan asking persons with disabilities, family members, transportation experts, and AV designers/developers about how to ensure that future AVs are built and operated in accessible ways. One of the main points of agreement was that individuals with disabilities need to be involved at all levels - design, development, testing, and policy making. Greater diversity during these processes... more »

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vehicle production group MV-1

the Vehicle Production Group had produced MV-1 as a fully accessible off-the-shelf production line vehicle for mass transit situations - a taxi type vehicle that was designed for full accessibility of persons physical disabilities and related mobility challenges. they produced this from 2011-2016 in a AM General plant located in Indiana I believe. This vehicle design could serve as a solid platform to re-tool for future... more »

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Ensuring Access for People with Mobility and Other Disabilities

Many people with mobility disabilities also have other disabilities that may necessitate certain things to access accessible entry/exit for autonomous vehicles. (Example: a button to activate a ramp.) These include ways to access ramps or other tools that do not rely on vision, or ways that are usable and understandable by people with cognitive disabilities and/or dementia.

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Door width and maneuvering space

I work for a Options Resource Center for Independent Living in ND and MN and do work with people who have mobility devices which are wider than 32-inches and have had difficulty with doors with only 32-inches of clearance.

While attending the Americans with Disabilities Act Symposium a few years ago, I believe a representative from the International Code Council was discussing plans for the International Building Code... more »

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Addressing the Entire AV Transportation Ecosystem

I am the Director of Urbanism Next at the University of Oregon and I would like to commend this effort to address access around AVs. I want to urge the board to make sure they are addressing the entire ecosystem of transportation (not only the vehicle or the vehicle travel portion of trips). We have recently published a report with AARP and RAND on the impacts of AVs on Older Adults and one of the key takeaways is that... more »

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Just wanted to ask a few questions

1.) When will cars that we don't have to drive become more readily available for disabled people?

2.) I'm a disabled person, but I'm not a wheelchair user. I was wondering if WE, as in those of us NOT in wheelchairs but still obviously disabled would still be able to ride these automotive vehicles and when I can expect for them to go online with there more strenuous build up on non-driver cars would be made available... more »

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