Self-driving taxis could be a setback for those with different needs – unless companies embrace accessible design now
Autonomous vehicles (AVs), like self-driving taxis, continue to garner media attention as industry and political stakeholders claim that they will improve safety and access to transportation for everyone. But for people who have different mobility needs and rely on human drivers for work beyond the task of driving, the prospect of driverless taxis may not sound like progress.
Self-driving cars hold the promise of convenience, but there is often more work done by a taxi driver than getting someone from A to B. Here John Lunsford at Cornell University talks about wheelchair accessibility and what it means for autonomous vehicles.