Of all the potential benefits of automated vehicles, the opportunity to bring personal mobility and autonomy to the lives of people with disabilities is one of the most under-appreciated.
Creating accessible transportation will require incredible innovation, and programs like the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Inclusive Design Challenge are critical to building momentum toward this goal. With $5 million in prizes, the Inclusive Design Challenge pits researchers and innovators in a competition to design and develop systems and features for autonomous vehicles that solve the most pressing access barriers for people with physical, sensory and cognitive disabilities.
PAVE is proud to partner with the U.S. Department of Transportation on the Inclusive Design Challenge in hosting a live webinar, “AVs for All: Inspiring Solutions for Accessible Design.” on September 22. The event’s panel discussions — featuring experts from academia, industry, and nonprofits — will provide an overview of the state of accessibility technology for AVs and the areas of greatest need. Registration is free and can be found here.
In addition to these discussions, PAVE and the panelists have worked together to provide this supplemental list of resources covering the Inclusive Design Challenge itself, the state of accessibility technology, best practices in design for accessibility, case studies, research on the benefits of accessible autonomous vehicles and more.