Self-Driving Cars also known as Autonomous Vehicles
United Spinal public policy staff attended the introductory meeting for the Autonomous Vehicles (AV) community to meet stakeholders in the disability community sponsored by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) and the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA): The Future of Autonomous Vehicles and the Disability Community.
At the meeting, participants discussed the traditional barriers in transportation, the importance of transportation to community integration, the need for universal design and inclusive policies that incorporate members of the disability community into all levels of the AV industry.
United Spinal recently signed onto a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is developing guidance on self-driving cars. The letter supports policy that balances the responsibility to keep America’s roads safe with the need to get and keep autonomous vehicles on public roads as quickly as it can be done safely.”