Accessibility for Passengers with Mobility Disabilities: Entering and Exiting

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Technology exists for the vehicle to not only kneel but to move both up and down 6 inches. This 12 inch sway could provide level boarding from most curbs with a small slide out ramp to cover the gap. Eliminating an incline which is difficult to manage for some users. From a universal design perspective this could meet the needs of all vehicle passengers. If a shuttle AV is being considered this would be a key differentiator... more »

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Minimum 6 Foot Head Clearance

Due to the high amount of both neck and back injuries. We suggest a minimum head clearance of 6 feet for entering and exiting an autonomous vehicle. Eliminate bending, stooping, and hunching for the majority of riders. These actions can cause everything from mild discomfort to extreme pain. Doing so would meet the needs of the majority of riders. This is also extremely important to those who may utilize a wheelchair to... more »

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Coordinating Design Languages Between Vehicle and Infrastructure

We need to view the entire mobility/transportation ecosystem holistically. We believe their are substantial opportunities in doing so. Particularly when we begin to think about the design language we will employ for AV Shuttles. How might we maximize the overall efficiency and experience by thinking about the vehicle and the infrastructure it interoperates with as one. Can we coordinate design languages? Should their... more »

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For Spinal Stenosis Sufferers

I prepared to pick up my husband, who needs a wheelchair right now, from a rehabilitation facility. My Toyota RAV4 requires him to step up to knee height to get into the car. My creative solution is to use a small step ladder to help him enter the vehicle.

I suggest that a lower step be provided, perhaps one that folds down. There's my two cents, for what it's worth.

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Driving by voice and mobility device securement

I would hope that Accessibility of  mobility passengers  in AV's by allowing driving operations through a fob or AAC devices!  Mobility securement will of course depend on how and where a vehicle is designed to accommodate a mobility device.

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