AV developers should ensure that users who are Deaf or hard of hearing are able to interact with the vehicle through alternatives to voice-activated controls.
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.
AV developers should consider that some users will bring service animals into the vehicle
Communication between the vehicle and the user is key; supports should be put in place to assist a user that has experienced a "failed trip" (in other words, has not arrived at the intended destination).
AV developers and policymakers should consider the privacy of user data, including disclosure of disability needed to request an AV equipped with the appropriate accessibility features.
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.
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).
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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 »
OEMs should design accessible vehicles from the ground up, rather than retrofitting existing vehicle designs, which involves major, invasive electronic and hardware modifications.
Transportation network companies should require that the vehicles they purchase from OEMs be accessible.
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).