Supporting People with Vision Impairments in Automated Vehicles: Challenges and Opportunities

Autonomous and automated vehicles (AVs) will provide many opportunities for mobility and independence for people with vision impairments (PwVI). This project will provide insights on the challenges and potential barriers to their adoption of AVs. We will examine adoption and use of ridesharing services, which are similar means of single-rider transportation for PwVI, by conducting observations and interviews. Also, we will investigate social receptiveness of sighted people and PwVI towards the use of AVs through focus groups. From these studies, we will be able to provide recommendations to AV manufacturers and suppliers for how to best design vehicles and interactive systems that mitigate barriers that PwVI face.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $168,337
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Center for Connected and Automated Transportation

    University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute
    Ann Arbor, MI  United States  48109
  • Project Managers:

    Tucker-Thomas, Dawn

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    2350 Hayward
    Ann Arbor, MI  United States  48109-2125
  • Principal Investigators:

    Brewer, Robin

  • Start Date: 20180201
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190830
  • Actual Completion Date: 20200605
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program
  • Subprogram: Research

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01665935
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Connected and Automated Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747105
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Apr 12 2018 8:00AM