Accessibility for Passengers with Mobility Disabilities: Maneuvering and Securement

Standard attachments

Given that there likely won't be anyone to help secure a wheelchair in an AV, I think there have to standards set for wheelchair attachment points, and for auto securing of wheelchairs in AVs. This must include not only physically securing the wheelchair safely and quickly to the vehicle, but must also provide for seatbelts and other personal security systems (airbags, etc.).

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Older Adults

I'm especially concerned with the acceptance and adoption of Shared Autonomous Vehicles by older adults. There is a high correlation between perceived trust and the use of SAVs. Trust comes in part from ease of use and the perception that a person will be able to safely initiate and complete a ride.

For older adults, I think the following might prove to be important:

Adequate lighting

Rails and handles to grasp

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Vehicle Auditory Feedback for the Visually Impaired

As an Orientation and Mobility Specialist, I teach people with vision loss or blindness how to navigate their world independently using a multisensory approach. Auditory feedback of their environment is increasingly important for decision-making skills, particularly when initiating a safe street crossing, crossing driveways, and when navigating parking lots. People who are blind or have limited vision are very dependent... more »

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Height of Body, Seating, and Seat Belt of AVs

Height of the Vehicle:

AVs in transit should come in various types (sedan, SUV, minivan, etc.) to accommodate those who need either a lower or higher entry point for entering and exiting. For example, someone who cannot use one side of his body due to multiple strokes would need a higher entry point to safely enter and exit the vehicle.

Seating and Seat Belt:

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Access to transportation

The only companyat who is best at making autonomous vehicles, is the Company called WAYMO. Given where they are located, I'll bet that they would be willing to make any of their autonomous vehicles accessible in any way. Whether it would be a vehicle accessible for people with wheelchairs, that whether that means that the roof of the vehicle needs to be higher, whatever the case may be. Right now, that their early writers... more »

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Ramped Entrance for Autonomous Vehicles

If the vehicle has a wide retractible ramp that can automatically deploy upon arrival to transport any rider who indicates through their profile within a service app that a ramp is needed and/or at the time the trip is requested, the vehicle can be automatically accessible. And ramps represent an element of universal design so benefit other riders besides those using mobility devices.

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Flip-Down Seating and Automatic Mobility Device Securement

An option mentioned for seating that would support accessibility for people using mobility devices is swivel seating. What about flip-down seating? Seats could still be designed to be relatively comfortable but could flip up or down, depending on the user's preferences as specified in advance through a service app. When the seat is flipped up, the vehicle is optimized for use by someone with a mobility device. Regarding... more »

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Manufacturers Need to Know Accessibility is in their Interest.

Manufacturers need to understand the synergies in offering accessibility features for people with disabilities and ease-of-use for those without disabilities. For example, a wheelchair ramp can also be used by grocery shoppers with 2-wheel pull-carts, parents with strollers and tourists with roll-on luggage. With other market segments in mind, manufacturer business plans should assess the total potential market who would... more »

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Pull-down Child Booster Seats and Belts

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Securing a Manual Wheelchair, Luggage or Pull-cart

Some users of manual chairs and scooters prefer and are able to transfer themselves to seats in a vehicle. Some riders will bring luggage and pull-carts. They are then faced with a common challenge: securing the manual wheelchair, luggage or pull-cart. Robocars should include provisions for that storage that can be easily deployed in the passenger compartment. While an able-bodied rider can load luggage in the trunk (if... more »

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Maneuverability to Face Forward

Some rider, both ambulatory and wheelchair-users, can't ride perpendicular or facing backwards. They'll become nauseous. Many people with disabilities (both ambulatory and wheelchair-users) lack the core strength to take substantial G-Force impacts from sudden stops or swerves. Vehicles need sufficient interior flat-floor length and width to allow wheelchair-users and some ambulatory riders to securely face forward.

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Taxi 2000

Autonomous vehicles can not reduce the number of cars on exicting roads .We can reduce the number of vehicles if we will use autonomous vehicles riding over briges above existing roads , same " Taxi 2000 " .

I desined preliminary project " Portland Skyweb Express " and sent it to Oregon Department of Transportation .

 

P.S. Project files Autucad are not supportad for attach in your ideascale

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Collaboration with Stakeholders

We recently completed a study in Michigan asking persons with disabilities, family members, transportation experts, and AV designers/developers about how to ensure that future AVs are built and operated in accessible ways. One of the main points of agreement was that individuals with disabilities need to be involved at all levels - design, development, testing, and policy making. Greater diversity during these processes... more »

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