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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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Cost structure for AVs in rural areas

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.

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Integrate AVs into existing local transportation partnerships

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/

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Embedding accessibility in the AV revolution

What much of the discussion on this AV forum seems to be asking for is actually universal accessibility and better transportation overall, for all geographic areas, two issues that are not AV issues as much as pleas for improving the transportation system that currently exists.

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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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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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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