For older adults, I think the following might prove to be important:
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I prepared to pick up my husband, who needs a wheelchair right now, from a rehabilitation facility. My Toyota RAV4 requires him to step up to knee height to get into the car. My creative solution is to use a small step ladder to help him enter the vehicle.
I suggest that a lower step be provided, perhaps one that folds down. There's my two cents, for what it's worth.
I want to make sure that service animals are mentioned as a mobility device. Animals must be secured in some states including service animals. They must be considered in these designs as well. Safe loading and unloading as well from the previous week.
Please discuss the ways of getting the vehicle body close enough to the ground for a wheelchair user to enter easily given that AVs will have a battery in the floor of the vehicle. How can all of these issues be accommodated?
If the vehicle has a wide retractible ramp that can automatically deploy upon arrival to transport any rider who indicates through their profile within a service app that a ramp is needed and/or at the time the trip is requested, the vehicle can be automatically accessible. And ramps represent an element of universal design so benefit other riders besides those using mobility devices.
Making mobility vehicle ramps a little bit bigger for people who have difficulty with driving their power wheelchair