Accessibility for Passengers with Sensory or Cognitive Disabilities

Electric, Wireless, Other Frequencies Harm All & Halting Hard

I'd like to support the statement from helpehs regarding detrimental impacts on health, and ADD THAT this applies to those with and without disabilities, the former experiencing increased disability and the former experiencing acute ill health at a later time. One well-documented effect of artificial electromagnetic exposure is excessive oxidation, the first step to harm. There is more than one mechanism to cause... more »

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Next Steps for Accessible Design of AVs

Common Data fields for Accessibility Needs

In the new multimodal multi-provider mobility environment including robocars, we need common data fields to specify client accessibility needs. The list is longer than just which assisted devices are used and whether the rider is sighted, hearing, and English-speaking. Some riders require additional prompts to guide or reassure them due to mental health conditions (severe anxiety, for example), cognitive impairments,... more »

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A common client user file is needed for all mobility modes

A common client user file is needed as transit morphs to intermodal multi-provider linked trips. Depending on the destination and need, one might use bikeshare, carshare, microtransit, public transit, scooters perhaps, and robocars. One client user file is needed with the basic information: Name, Address, Contact Info, Payment Info, and Accessibility Needs (if any). A common data specification is needed for this information... more »

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Accessibility for the whole of journey

It has been great to hear of all the work being done to consider the range of future users of autonomous vehicles. It is important to consider accessible vehicles in the context of the broader transportation system and community accessibility. Some of the trickiness of using different transportation options include things like planning, understanding changing/responsive systems (as opposed to fixed schedules and stops),... more »

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Vehicle Controls Should be Universally Designed

On today's US Access Board AV Inclusive Design Webinar, Dr. Robin Brewer discussed results of focus group discussions she held with members of the blind, visually impaired and people with intellectual disabilities. She discussed the issue of "command and control," and I think the comments she was relaying, primarily from members of the blind community, were interesting. According to Dr. Brewer, a number of people discussed... more »

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Incorporating Human Assistance for People with Disabilities

As we discussed in the April 7 session, many people with disabilities - including older adults with dementia, people with cognitive disabilities, and people with vision disabilities - currently rely on some sort of human assistance when using transportation. This can be in the form of volunteer drivers providing "door to door" service to ensure people get to their destinations safely, help with entry and exit, or communications... more »

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Electrical Disabilities Can Have Different Needs

The needs of those with sensitivity disabilities are different, and can sometimes be at odds, with the needs of other disabled Americans; whereas wireless options could sometimes assist those with sensory disabilities, for example, the same radiation which enables these devices can disable, injure and even kill those with radio-wave disabilities. In fact the entire scope of 5G and Internet of things (IoT) related technologies,... more »

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How people with sight loss perceive autonomous vehicles

In 2018, The CNIB Foundation undertook research into how AV is perceived by people with sight loss. This small study looked at the promise of AV along how those for whom the technology would benefit perceive the promise.

Our research, while not surprising, revealed that early adopters of emerging technology would likely be amongst those who would seek out AV when it became afordible and accessible.

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Accessibility Standards for Autonomous Vehicles

Availability of Autonomous Vehicles (AV) will deliver 'life enhancing' opportunities for many with disabilities. As part of the 'Initiatives for Independent Living' program, AVs represent a giant leap forward, ensuring freedom of travel for millions of citizens.

Having access to personal transportation for those unable to drive a conventional vehicle will provide a wider range of opportunities to access healthcare, public... more »

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Accessibility for Passengers with Mobility Disabilities: Maneuvering and Securement

Florida,Disney has been transporting three wheel and four wheel

Use their success, failure to learn what works at Disney Florida. Issue; disability can not hear and see current location on transportation system. Need better Visual / audio at wheelchair level. If all you see is people standing you are trapped without information. The Monorail entry and exit became an example. As well as boats, bus, vans, and special vehicles. Excellent example of how to move large people volume smooth... more »

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For Those Sensitive to Sudden Sounds

It would help to offer the option of minimizing the number of sound warnings and signals inside the vehicle, as well as attending to the pitch and volume. Autistics and people with PTSD might appreciate this. A lower pitch and volume would help.

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Accessibility for Passengers with Mobility Disabilities: Entering and Exiting

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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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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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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