Accessibility for Passengers with Mobility Disabilities: Entering and Exiting

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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Zero Entry

Technology exists for the vehicle to not only kneel but to move both up and down 6 inches. This 12 inch sway could provide level boarding from most curbs with a small slide out ramp to cover the gap. Eliminating an incline which is difficult to manage for some users. From a universal design perspective this could meet the needs of all vehicle passengers. If a shuttle AV is being considered this would be a key differentiator... more »

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Just wanted to ask a few questions

1.) When will cars that we don't have to drive become more readily available for disabled people?

2.) I'm a disabled person, but I'm not a wheelchair user. I was wondering if WE, as in those of us NOT in wheelchairs but still obviously disabled would still be able to ride these automotive vehicles and when I can expect for them to go online with there more strenuous build up on non-driver cars would be made available... more »

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Addressing the Entire AV Transportation Ecosystem

I am the Director of Urbanism Next at the University of Oregon and I would like to commend this effort to address access around AVs. I want to urge the board to make sure they are addressing the entire ecosystem of transportation (not only the vehicle or the vehicle travel portion of trips). We have recently published a report with AARP and RAND on the impacts of AVs on Older Adults and one of the key takeaways is that... more »

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Accessibility for Passengers with Mobility Disabilities: Maneuvering and Securement

Addressing the entire AV transportation Ecosystem

I am the Director of Urbanism Next at the University of Oregon and I would like to commend this effort to address access around AVs. I want to urge the board to make sure they are addressing the entire ecosystem of transportation (not only the vehicle or the vehicle travel portion of trips). We have recently published a report with AARP and RAND on the impacts of AVs on Older Adults and one of the key takeaways is that... more »

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Door width and maneuvering space

I work for a Options Resource Center for Independent Living in ND and MN and do work with people who have mobility devices which are wider than 32-inches and have had difficulty with doors with only 32-inches of clearance.

While attending the Americans with Disabilities Act Symposium a few years ago, I believe a representative from the International Code Council was discussing plans for the International Building Code... more »

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Ensuring Access for People with Mobility and Other Disabilities

Many people with mobility disabilities also have other disabilities that may necessitate certain things to access accessible entry/exit for autonomous vehicles. (Example: a button to activate a ramp.) These include ways to access ramps or other tools that do not rely on vision, or ways that are usable and understandable by people with cognitive disabilities and/or dementia.

One thing that I have seen in my research on... more »

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vehicle production group MV-1

the Vehicle Production Group had produced MV-1 as a fully accessible off-the-shelf production line vehicle for mass transit situations - a taxi type vehicle that was designed for full accessibility of persons physical disabilities and related mobility challenges. they produced this from 2011-2016 in a AM General plant located in Indiana I believe. This vehicle design could serve as a solid platform to re-tool for future... more »

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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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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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Accessibility for Passengers with Mobility Disabilities: Maneuvering and Securement

Maneuverability to Face Forward trending idea

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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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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Pull-down Child Booster Seats and Belts trending idea

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Manufacturers Need to Know Accessibility is in their Interest. trending idea

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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