Need to create a cost structure that works for rural communities. The challenge of deploying AVs to rural areas is that the cost increases as population density decreases, trips become longer, and there are more "dead miles," or trips where the vehicle is empty.
On-demand AVs could be combined with microtransit solutions to serve rural areas.
A business case was made for looking at cost through the lens of savings to employers and healthcare providers when employees or patients show up for work or appointments, rather than missing these activities due to a lack of transportation.
AVs should use a similar example to the partnerships between local governments, not-for-profits and large employers to provide accessible transportation to work. This model has proven viable for providing transportation to the transportation disadvantaged. For example, the Hope Nework in Michigan - https://hopenetwork.org/transportation-services/
Cities have already begun using federal grants to purchase AVs for shared use (shuttles).
The Federal Government needs to take the lead in developing standards for designing accessible vehicles.
We need universal design for the vehicle accessibility and then for interface accessibility for AVs, designs that allow for the redundancy of... more »
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For instance, most American's spend about $700/month on a privately owned vehicle (gas, car payment, insurance, maintenance, repairs, etc.). So... more »