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Accessibility Standards for Autonomous Vehicles

Availability of Autonomous Vehicles (AV) will deliver 'life enhancing' opportunities for many with disabilities. As part of the 'Initiatives for Independent Living' program, AVs represent a giant leap forward, ensuring freedom of travel for millions of citizens.

Having access to personal transportation for those unable to drive a conventional vehicle will provide a wider range of opportunities to access healthcare, public... more »

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How people with sight loss perceive autonomous vehicles

In 2018, The CNIB Foundation undertook research into how AV is perceived by people with sight loss. This small study looked at the promise of AV along how those for whom the technology would benefit perceive the promise.

Our research, while not surprising, revealed that early adopters of emerging technology would likely be amongst those who would seek out AV when it became afordible and accessible.

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Matching AV services with categories of disabled passengers

"Some" Autonomous Vehicle service providers may be able to provide vehicles to passengers who would otherwise be fully capable of driving the vehicle themselves; this is what taxis and ride-sharing companies do. But the interface between those passengers and the vehicle will obviously demand a computer that is "as good as" the local knowledge and communication skills of a human driver--if not better. Also obviously, this... more »

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Option to hide sign language interpretation

It would be really helpful to have the option to show or hide sign language interpretation in presentations. Acknowledging that sign languages are different to other languages, it is challenging for some neurodivergent people to focus when two different languages are being presented at once. Captioning is less problematic, as it is the same language, just a different medium, consistent with Universal Design for Learning... more »

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Accessibility for persons who are blind

Much has been posted to this discussion on the barriers facing people with Electromagnetic Sensitivity.

These are serious issues and there needs to be a solution found. Unfortunately, my expertise lies in other areas thus, I'm not able to provide any suggestions.

Recognizing that Electromagnetic Sensitivity is a barrier, it must be recognized that persons who are blind realize tremendous benefits from mobile devices.... more »

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Incorporating Human Assistance for People with Disabilities

As we discussed in the April 7 session, many people with disabilities - including older adults with dementia, people with cognitive disabilities, and people with vision disabilities - currently rely on some sort of human assistance when using transportation. This can be in the form of volunteer drivers providing "door to door" service to ensure people get to their destinations safely, help with entry and exit, or communications... more »

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Stop Autonomous Vehicles

Some people who were in line to speak during the "public discussion" for the last webinar (Part ii, Inclusive Design of Autonomous Vehicles: A Public Dialogue Accessibility for Passengers with Sensory or Cognitive Disabilities) were electrosensitive disabled We requested to speak, were told we would be unmuted when our turn came, and after the panel presentation they announced the public discussion would begin. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImQoLk0CQoc... more »

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Blumenthal & Markey Call for In-Depth Federal Investigation, Rec

Blumenthal & Markey Call for In-Depth Federal Investigation, Recommendations for Automated Driving & Driving Assistance System Improvements after Deadly Tesla Crash

 

https://www.blumenthal.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/blumenthal-and-markey-call-for-in-depth-federal-investigation-recommendations-for-automated-driving_driving-assistance-system-improvements-after-deadly-tesla-crash

 

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Driving

Are we incorporating plain language pictures or AAC to allow driving passengers with cognitive  or sensory  disabilities ? How are we as a nation going to change our physical and accessible infrastructure  such as roads , highways streets, and bridges to allow for accessibility in AV's  both in driving  and communities?

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Vehicle Controls Should be Universally Designed

On today's US Access Board AV Inclusive Design Webinar, Dr. Robin Brewer discussed results of focus group discussions she held with members of the blind, visually impaired and people with intellectual disabilities. She discussed the issue of "command and control," and I think the comments she was relaying, primarily from members of the blind community, were interesting. According to Dr. Brewer, a number of people discussed... more »

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Accessibility for the whole of journey

It has been great to hear of all the work being done to consider the range of future users of autonomous vehicles. It is important to consider accessible vehicles in the context of the broader transportation system and community accessibility. Some of the trickiness of using different transportation options include things like planning, understanding changing/responsive systems (as opposed to fixed schedules and stops),... more »

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Electro-magnetic radiation

None of the Access Board's series of virtual meetings on making Autonomous Vehicles accessible to passengers with disabilities address persons disabled by electro-magnetic radiation. I am concerned there will be no means of transportation (public or private) available for these individuals. We are a group of people who are often without a voice because many can't use computers and most can not use cell phones. We are... more »

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Negative Impacts of Autonomous Vehicles & Infrastructure

Follow-through has been sorely lacking from the 2005 Access Board NIBS Report with regards to electromagnetic radiation(EMR) sensitivity. And, this issue is not limited to indoor air quality or those people with EMR sensitivities.

Having worked on environmental issues for 50 years, I consider the proliferation of radiofrequency radiation (RFR, a range of EMR, to be the most important toxics issue of our time. Not necessarily... more »

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Electrical Disabilities Can Have Different Needs

The needs of those with sensitivity disabilities are different, and can sometimes be at odds, with the needs of other disabled Americans; whereas wireless options could sometimes assist those with sensory disabilities, for example, the same radiation which enables these devices can disable, injure and even kill those with radio-wave disabilities. In fact the entire scope of 5G and Internet of things (IoT) related technologies,... more »

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