Next Steps for Accessible Design of AVs

Form a Working Group of People with Disabilities including EMS

A working group composed of people with disabilities including electromagnetic sensitivity (EMS) and multiple chemical sensitivity will help enable that all people will be able to use autonomous vehicles. Safe vehicles and associated infrastructure, if any, will be critical. There is great variability in people's abilities, therefore it seems prudent to involve a large enough number of people with different types of disabilities... more »

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Improving Safety and Reliability

Autonomous Vehicles must be safe and reliable. The Sensory and Cognitive Disabilities discussion board revealed that electromagnetic sensitivity is an emerging, extremely disabling problem, and some possible solutions were presented. Research should focus on ways to design these vehicles without networking them. Machine vision and laser scanning were some ideas that might be considered. Programs such as the one at MIT... more »

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Accessibility for Passengers with Sensory or Cognitive Disabilities

Driving

Are we incorporating plain language pictures or AAC to allow driving passengers with cognitive  or sensory  disabilities ? How are we as a nation going to change our physical and accessible infrastructure  such as roads , highways streets, and bridges to allow for accessibility in AV's  both in driving  and communities?

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Accessibility for Passengers with Mobility Disabilities: Entering and Exiting

Driving by voice and mobility device securement

I would hope that Accessibility of  mobility passengers  in AV's by allowing driving operations through a fob or AAC devices!  Mobility securement will of course depend on how and where a vehicle is designed to accommodate a mobility device.

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Blumenthal & Markey Call for In-Depth Federal Investigation, Rec

Blumenthal & Markey Call for In-Depth Federal Investigation, Recommendations for Automated Driving & Driving Assistance System Improvements after Deadly Tesla Crash

 

https://www.blumenthal.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/blumenthal-and-markey-call-for-in-depth-federal-investigation-recommendations-for-automated-driving_driving-assistance-system-improvements-after-deadly-tesla-crash

 

Stop them - they can never... more »

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Accessibility for persons who are blind

Much has been posted to this discussion on the barriers facing people with Electromagnetic Sensitivity.

These are serious issues and there needs to be a solution found. Unfortunately, my expertise lies in other areas thus, I'm not able to provide any suggestions.

Recognizing that Electromagnetic Sensitivity is a barrier, it must be recognized that persons who are blind realize tremendous benefits from mobile devices.... more »

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Accessibility for Passengers with Sensory or Cognitive Disabilities

Stop Autonomous Vehicles

Some people who were in line to speak during the "public discussion" for the last webinar (Part ii, Inclusive Design of Autonomous Vehicles: A Public Dialogue Accessibility for Passengers with Sensory or Cognitive Disabilities) were electrosensitive disabled We requested to speak, were told we would be unmuted when our turn came, and after the panel presentation they announced the public discussion would begin. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImQoLk0CQoc... more »

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Option to hide sign language interpretation

It would be really helpful to have the option to show or hide sign language interpretation in presentations. Acknowledging that sign languages are different to other languages, it is challenging for some neurodivergent people to focus when two different languages are being presented at once. Captioning is less problematic, as it is the same language, just a different medium, consistent with Universal Design for Learning... more »

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Matching AV services with categories of disabled passengers

"Some" Autonomous Vehicle service providers may be able to provide vehicles to passengers who would otherwise be fully capable of driving the vehicle themselves; this is what taxis and ride-sharing companies do. But the interface between those passengers and the vehicle will obviously demand a computer that is "as good as" the local knowledge and communication skills of a human driver--if not better. Also obviously, this... more »

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Negative Impacts of Autonomous Vehicles & Infrastructure

Follow-through has been sorely lacking from the 2005 Access Board NIBS Report with regards to electromagnetic radiation(EMR) sensitivity. And, this issue is not limited to indoor air quality or those people with EMR sensitivities.

Having worked on environmental issues for 50 years, I consider the proliferation of radiofrequency radiation (RFR, a range of EMR, to be the most important toxics issue of our time. Not necessarily... more »

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I need accommodation for my electrosensitivity everywhere

I was living a normal life before microwaves entered my workplace, my physicians' offices, hospitals and nursing homes, my clients' places of business, my home with wifi and smart meters, the streets with cell phone towers. Now, in cars too. I cannot buy a new car or ride in hybrid cars because i am so sensitive. I experience extreme weakness bordering on fainting, extreme swelling of joints for days and days, preventing... more »

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Inclusion for those with Electromagnetic Sensitivity

Full inclusion and participation of all people with disabilities will be very important, as the US Access Board Webinars have emphasized. Increasing numbers of people are developing electromagnetic sensitivity (EMS) resulting in debilitating reactions to extremely low levels of electromagnetic fields emitted by computers, cell phones, and other electrical equipment. Many of those suffering from this condition have an... more »

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Electro-magnetic radiation

None of the Access Board's series of virtual meetings on making Autonomous Vehicles accessible to passengers with disabilities address persons disabled by electro-magnetic radiation. I am concerned there will be no means of transportation (public or private) available for these individuals. We are a group of people who are often without a voice because many can't use computers and most can not use cell phones. We are... more »

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