Technology, transportation and inclusion

View through a car windscreen to a country road with one car in front.In the UK one fifth of all car journeys are taken by people with disability, and one third of those are taken as a passenger. So, Connected and autonomous vehicles provide a great opportunity to create independent travel. While they are a good example of what can work well in theory, there are many pitfalls in making them fully accessible. This is where policy and regulations have a strong role to play.

An article on the Open Inclusion website has a podcast and a video of two transportation specialists. One works for KPMG and the other for a digital design agency. They discuss the amount of change going on in the transportation industry. The real driver of change is the amount of data being produced. This is good in terms of being able to provide real time data on services, and other information such as station platform lifts being out of order. Electrification and automation are the other major changes, and opportunities for the private sector to provide services.

There is more useful information on this website on practical aspects of inclusion for people with disability: smart cities, inclusive travel, and universal design. It includes a link to the autonomous shuttle bus in an aged care village in Canberra, and you can read more about autonomous vehicles and how they work.