Panel 3: Inclusive Design: Vehicle Technologies that Increase Access

Panel 3: Inclusive Design: Vehicle Technologies that Increase Access

This Panel will highlight opportunities and needs in the design of vehicles – both conventional and emerging automated vehicle concepts – to expand mobility access and availability to individuals with disabilities. It will focus on the needs of people with disabilities in terms of vehicle design and engineering, work within the automotive and technology industries to meet these needs (particularly through emerging automated vehicle designs), and DOT initiatives to identify needs, gaps, best practices, opportunities, and standards.
(@kristin.haar)

Panel 3: Inclusive Design: Vehicle Technologies that Increase Access

Affordability of Accessible Automated Vehicles

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 »

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(@swtanation)

Panel 3: Inclusive Design: Vehicle Technologies that Increase Access

Role of Caregivers on Vehicles

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 »

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(@jenniferkucera134)

Panel 3: Inclusive Design: Vehicle Technologies that Increase Access

Conversations between Auto makers & Adaptive Equipment Designers

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.

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