Continue the Conversation: AVs Driving Employment for People with Disabilities

Continue the Conversation: AVs Driving Employment for People with Disabilities

At the Automated Vehicles Symposium, the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Transportation co-hosted a listening session on AVs, accessibility, and employment. Help us continue the conversation on the ways in which accessible AVs can be leveraged to drive employment for Americans with disabilities.
(@andyberan)

Continue the Conversation: AVs Driving Employment for People with Disabilities

Costs of Transportation

I might be overly optimistic, but I have seen the AV technology in action and I have no doubt that it will reach a point where reliable and safe AVs will be deployed in large numbers. But I wonder about the costs of transportation and the willingness of people to pay for it. For instance, most American's spend about $700/month on a privately owned vehicle (gas, car payment, insurance, maintenance, repairs, etc.). So... more »

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why, isn't emotional disability, included in the report.?

I think it is great that almost all the disabilities are included in the report, but what is missing is emotional disability. Here is a suggestion, why not have NAMII (national alliance on mental illness l) included as part of the discussion. My suggestion on how to improve cars for people with mental illness, is that medications makes them sleepy behind the wheel and therefore we should try to improve the cars alert... more »

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Involve employers and healthcare providers

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.

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AVs need to inteact with existing accessible smart phones

AV developers need to leverage the user's smart phone, since accessibility features are built in that can allow the user to interact successfully with an app that sets pickup location, destination, and other vehicle controls while en route (e.g. the Lyft or Uber app).

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States should not require drivers license for AVs

States should not require driver's licenses to operate a highly automated vehicle; this would prevent those who are blind, older Americans who have lost the ability to drive, and people with cognitive disabilities from reaping the benefits of the technology.

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Accessibility required for blind or low-vision users

Wayfinding and safety information should be available to blind and low vision users, including tools for finding the vehicle, safely exiting the vehicle (avoiding getting out in oncoming traffic), and finding the door to one's destination.

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