Breakout 24: Automated Vehicles for People with Disabilities

Breakout 24: Automated Vehicles for People with Disabilities

Wednesday, July 12, 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Golden Gate 5

Organizers:

  • Mohammed Yousuf, USDOT
  • Sudharson Sundararajan, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Jeff Gerlach, SecureEnergy
  • Aaron Steinfeld, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Corey Harper, PhD student at Carnegie Mellon University

For people with disabilities and older adults, inadequate mobility and transportation can hinder them from completing important tasks, such as obtaining employment, commuting to appointments, or even attending social events that many take for granted. In 2010, the U.S. Census reported that approximately 56.7 million people in the U.S. had some type of disability. The USDOT’s ATTRI Program leverages recent advances in vehicle, infrastructure, and pedestrian-based technologies, as well as accessible data, mobile computing, robotics, artificial intelligence, object detection, and navigation. These technologies are enabled by ever present wireless communications that connect travelers and their mobile devices, vehicles, and roadside infrastructure.

Automated vehicles and other complementary technologies have the potential to bring about many transformational changes to the lives of people with disabilities. While major efforts to support the development of AVs are underway in both the public and private sector, it is important to explore pathways that ensure these new technologies are accessible and available to everyone. This breakout session will invite technology developers, stakeholders in the disability community, and other industry experts to explore different aspects of this development process including universal design, Inclusive ICT, Institutional and policy barriers, standards harmonization, etc. as it relates to disabilities. The session will also explore how AV technologies crosscuts other ATTRI application areas of focus such as ‘safe intersection crossing’, ‘pre-trip concierge and virtualization’, and ‘smart wayfinding and navigation’.

Agenda

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM Introduction to Session

Moderator: Mr. Mohammed Yousuf

The moderator will open the session, and lead a brief round of self-introductions. Next he will explain the objectives, agenda, and expected outcomes of the breakout session. He will provide a brief introduction to the USDOT ATTRI Program and the upcoming prototype development efforts under the 2016 Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) contracts.

The focus of this session will be on creating awareness about the transportation needs and challenges that people with disabilities face. The emphasis will be on how embracing universal design principles in developing the AV technologies can make a significant difference in catering to all users equitably by enablingstandards harmonization, data needs, and partnerships, as well as addressing policy barriers and technology challenges. The session will have an interactive format through thought-provoking but short presentations, and discussion questions to obtain feedback to inform the USDOT ATTRI Program and help to develop research topic recommendations for the Program’s next phases in the near future..

2:00 PM – 3: 30 PM Panel Presentation/Discussion 1

Moderator: Mr. Sudharson Sundararajan

The panel presentations aim to set the stage for the sub-breakout sessions. Presentations will be focused and limited to five minutes. The moderator will contact and instruct the speakers about the format/content in advance, introduce the speakers during the session, and lead the Q&A session after the presentations. A set of discussion questions will immediately follow after each presentation and discussion on a topic area will be limited to a maximum of 15 minutes.

The first panel will focus on design related AV topics such as: user needs and challenges, universal design principles for AVs, technical standards harmonization, and data needs.

  • Speaker 1: User Needs and Challenges -- Aaron Steinfeld, Carnegie Melon University
  • Speaker 2: Universal Design Principles for Vehicles – Edward Steinfeld, University at Buffalo, SUNY
  • Speaker 3: Data Needs (platforms, formats, etc.) – Anat Capsi, Taskar Center for Accessible Technology
  • Speaker 4: Importance of Standards Harmonization – Colleen Casey. Toyota

Q&A

3: 30 PM – 3:40 PM Break

3:40 PM – 5:10 PM Panel Presentation/Discussion 2

Moderator: Dr. Aaron Steinfeld

The panel presentations aim to set the stage for the sub-breakout sessions. Presentations will be focused and limited to five minutes. The moderator will contact and instruct the speakers about the format/content in advance, introduce the speakers during the session, and lead the Q&A session after the presentations. A set of discussion questions will immediately follow after each presentation and discussion on a topic area will be limited to a maximum of 15 minutes.

The second panel will focus on public policy and infrastructure related topics such as: institutional and policy barriers, needs of other vulnerable road users, infrastructure needs, and public/private partnerships.

  • Speaker 1: Institutional and Policy Barriers – Shawn Kimmel, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Speaker 2: Vulnerable Road Users – Justin Owens, Center for Vulnerable Road User Safety
  • Speaker 3: Infrastructure Needs – Robbie Diamond, Securing America’s Future Energy
  • Speaker 4: Public Private Partnerships – Dick Alexander, Transdev

Q&A

5:10 PM – 5: 30 PM Summary and Wrap Up

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