Inclusive Design Challenge Forum


This forum provides an opportunity for project teams and potential advisors to connect with each other to collaborate and inform proposals. Teams participating in the Inclusive Design Challenge are strongly encouraged to identify representatives from both industry and the disability community. These representatives may serve as advisors and/or team members and help inform the direction of their idea based on their knowledge and expertise. Strong proposals will be well-informed by a rich understanding of user needs and industry conditions.

How it works:
  • Post a comment about your interest. For example, are you a team seeking an advisor, an advisor seeking a team, or do you have general question on the topic for your peers? If you are looking to connect with others, provide a way for them to contact you. All comments will be public information.
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  1. Securement of Service Animals in AVs

    One of the user needs within the Challenge is accommodation of service animals within the automated vehicle, particularly as the number of persons with service animals and the variety of service animals available increases. Vehicle design solutions are needed for service animal accommodations in future AV fleets. The solution(s) would include aspects of physical space, cues, ergonomics, ramps, etc. needed to accommodate different types and sizes of service animals. This should be done in concert with needs and space for different sizes of mobility devices.

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  2. determine wheelchair passenger acceptability

    Establish process to determine wheelchair passenger acceptability to utilize autonomous vehicle transportation service.

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  3. Street Connectivity Impacts

    How do street connectivity measures or standards, walkability, transit accessibility impact neighborhoods of different backgrounds and diversities?

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