All of the technology solutions being studied sound amazing and the future is exciting. However, none of this will matter if people cannot afford the accessible solutions being marketed. Accessible vehicle are already very expensive and cost prohibitive for many with few funding options available. I would like to know how those creating the automated vehicles with accessibility features are also working to bring costs... more »
Panel 3: Inclusive Design: Vehicle Technologies that Increase Access
While the allure of autonomous vehicle technologies is understandable, transit providers are coping with the challenge of finding enough operators to provide existing service while also offering the kind of customer-focused, supportive service that defines the industry. How does the role of on-personnel adapt to increasingly autonomous vehicles in terms of providing care riders need to navigate these vehicles considering... more »
I have MD and use a power wheelchair. I used zero-effort van mods and drove for 10 years. Due to mechanical design they were only able to modify full-size Ford vans.
Auto manufacturers NEED to have conversations with adaptive equipment designs so that there is more compatibility between the two.
From your organization’s perspective, what can the automated vehicle (AV) industry do to make their vehicles and transportation services accessible to all users?
What does an automated future that improves mobility for people with disabilities look like to you? What research do you think might help achieve this future?