Accessibility for Passengers with Mobility Disabilities: Maneuvering and Securement

Standard attachments

Given that there likely won't be anyone to help secure a wheelchair in an AV, I think there have to standards set for wheelchair attachment points, and for auto securing of wheelchairs in AVs. This must include not only physically securing the wheelchair safely and quickly to the vehicle, but must also provide for seatbelts and other personal security systems (airbags, etc.).

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Flip-Down Seating and Automatic Mobility Device Securement

An option mentioned for seating that would support accessibility for people using mobility devices is swivel seating. What about flip-down seating? Seats could still be designed to be relatively comfortable but could flip up or down, depending on the user's preferences as specified in advance through a service app. When the seat is flipped up, the vehicle is optimized for use by someone with a mobility device. Regarding... more »

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Maneuverability to Face Forward trending idea

Some rider, both ambulatory and wheelchair-users, can't ride perpendicular or facing backwards. They'll become nauseous. Many people with disabilities (both ambulatory and wheelchair-users) lack the core strength to take substantial G-Force impacts from sudden stops or swerves. Vehicles need sufficient interior flat-floor length and width to allow wheelchair-users and some ambulatory riders to securely face forward.

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Florida,Disney has been transporting three wheel and four wheel

Use their success, failure to learn what works at Disney Florida. Issue; disability can not hear and see current location on transportation system. Need better Visual / audio at wheelchair level. If all you see is people standing you are trapped without information. The Monorail entry and exit became an example. As well as boats, bus, vans, and special vehicles. Excellent example of how to move large people volume smooth... more »

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Pull-down Child Booster Seats and Belts trending idea

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Securing a Manual Wheelchair, Luggage or Pull-cart

Some users of manual chairs and scooters prefer and are able to transfer themselves to seats in a vehicle. Some riders will bring luggage and pull-carts. They are then faced with a common challenge: securing the manual wheelchair, luggage or pull-cart. Robocars should include provisions for that storage that can be easily deployed in the passenger compartment. While an able-bodied rider can load luggage in the trunk (if... more »

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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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For Those Sensitive to Sudden Sounds

It would help to offer the option of minimizing the number of sound warnings and signals inside the vehicle, as well as attending to the pitch and volume. Autistics and people with PTSD might appreciate this. A lower pitch and volume would help.

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