Accessibility for Passengers with Mobility Disabilities: Entering and Exiting

Older Adults

I'm especially concerned with the acceptance and adoption of Shared Autonomous Vehicles by older adults. There is a high correlation between perceived trust and the use of SAVs. Trust comes in part from ease of use and the perception that a person will be able to safely initiate and complete a ride.

For older adults, I think the following might prove to be important:

Adequate lighting

Rails and handles to grasp

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Addressing the Entire AV Transportation Ecosystem

I am the Director of Urbanism Next at the University of Oregon and I would like to commend this effort to address access around AVs. I want to urge the board to make sure they are addressing the entire ecosystem of transportation (not only the vehicle or the vehicle travel portion of trips). We have recently published a report with AARP and RAND on the impacts of AVs on Older Adults and one of the key takeaways is that... more »

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Vehicle Auditory Feedback for the Visually Impaired

As an Orientation and Mobility Specialist, I teach people with vision loss or blindness how to navigate their world independently using a multisensory approach. Auditory feedback of their environment is increasingly important for decision-making skills, particularly when initiating a safe street crossing, crossing driveways, and when navigating parking lots. People who are blind or have limited vision are very dependent... more »

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Height of Body, Seating, and Seat Belt of AVs

Height of the Vehicle:

AVs in transit should come in various types (sedan, SUV, minivan, etc.) to accommodate those who need either a lower or higher entry point for entering and exiting. For example, someone who cannot use one side of his body due to multiple strokes would need a higher entry point to safely enter and exit the vehicle.

Seating and Seat Belt:

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Manufacturers Need to Know Accessibility is in their Interest.

Manufacturers need to understand the synergies in offering accessibility features for people with disabilities and ease-of-use for those without disabilities. For example, a wheelchair ramp can also be used by grocery shoppers with 2-wheel pull-carts, parents with strollers and tourists with roll-on luggage. With other market segments in mind, manufacturer business plans should assess the total potential market who would... more »

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Ensuring Access for People with Mobility and Other Disabilities

Many people with mobility disabilities also have other disabilities that may necessitate certain things to access accessible entry/exit for autonomous vehicles. (Example: a button to activate a ramp.) These include ways to access ramps or other tools that do not rely on vision, or ways that are usable and understandable by people with cognitive disabilities and/or dementia.

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Minimum 6 Foot Head Clearance

Due to the high amount of both neck and back injuries. We suggest a minimum head clearance of 6 feet for entering and exiting an autonomous vehicle. Eliminate bending, stooping, and hunching for the majority of riders. These actions can cause everything from mild discomfort to extreme pain. Doing so would meet the needs of the majority of riders. This is also extremely important to those who may utilize a wheelchair to... more »

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For Spinal Stenosis Sufferers

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.

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Ramped Entrance for Autonomous Vehicles

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.

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Collaboration with Stakeholders

We recently completed a study in Michigan asking persons with disabilities, family members, transportation experts, and AV designers/developers about how to ensure that future AVs are built and operated in accessible ways. One of the main points of agreement was that individuals with disabilities need to be involved at all levels - design, development, testing, and policy making. Greater diversity during these processes... more »

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Door width and maneuvering space

I work for a Options Resource Center for Independent Living in ND and MN and do work with people who have mobility devices which are wider than 32-inches and have had difficulty with doors with only 32-inches of clearance.

While attending the Americans with Disabilities Act Symposium a few years ago, I believe a representative from the International Code Council was discussing plans for the International Building Code... more »

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Zero Entry

Technology exists for the vehicle to not only kneel but to move both up and down 6 inches. This 12 inch sway could provide level boarding from most curbs with a small slide out ramp to cover the gap. Eliminating an incline which is difficult to manage for some users. From a universal design perspective this could meet the needs of all vehicle passengers. If a shuttle AV is being considered this would be a key differentiator... more »

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