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.
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Continue the Conversation: AVs Driving Employment for People with Disabilities

AVs need to inteact with existing accessible smart phones

AV developers need to leverage the user's smart phone, since accessibility features are built in that can allow the user to interact successfully with an app that sets pickup location, destination, and other vehicle controls while en route (e.g. the Lyft or Uber app).

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States should not require drivers license for AVs

States should not require driver's licenses to operate a highly automated vehicle; this would prevent those who are blind, older Americans who have lost the ability to drive, and people with cognitive disabilities from reaping the benefits of the technology.

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Accessibility required for blind or low-vision users

Wayfinding and safety information should be available to blind and low vision users, including tools for finding the vehicle, safely exiting the vehicle (avoiding getting out in oncoming traffic), and finding the door to one's destination.

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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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