Barriers and Facilitators of People with Disabilities in Accepting and Adopting Autonomous Shared Mobility Services (Project A5)

Transportation is a critical mediator in providing people with disabilities (PwDs) with access to health care, services, jobs, goods, community involvement, and societal participation. Yet, the current transportation system has not provided ubiquitous accessible, affordable, available, acceptable, and adaptable (the 5As) transportation opportunities to these particular groups. With the integration of automated shared mobility services into the transportation system—including autonomous shuttles (AS)—cities and states have a renewed opportunity to provide PwDs with enhanced quality of life—often curtailed due to inadequate transportation. Although the benefits of automated shared mobility services are numerous, the ultimate litmus test for their full integration will be to successfully afford PwDs with equal opportunities to independently use such services. This challenge will need to be examined from a multifaceted systems perspective (state, city, researchers, industry, stakeholders of those who are disabled, and PwDs). Objectives: This study is an extension of STRIDE A3 and D2 projects to examine the perceptions of 50 PwDs before and after being exposed to an autonomous shuttle. The research team's earlier work will provide comparison data on the perceptions of 104 older adults, as well as 106 younger and middle-aged adults. Such data are used to analyze their safety, trust, and intention to use automated vehicles —precursors of acceptance and adoption practices— for the eventual use of such automated services . Methodology: The team will make meaningful comparisons of the acceptance and adoption preferences between abled-bodied persons (N=210) and people with disabilities (N=50) via within and between-group pre-post-test comparisons and qualitative analysis among age cohorts (i.e., older, middle age and younger adults). Results. The team will identify barriers or facilitators of accepting and adopting automated shared mobility services – and make recommendations to engineers, city planners, industry, and the disability community pertaining to accessible use of automated shared mobility services.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $163993
  • Contract Numbers:


  • 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:

    Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center (STRIDE)

    University of Florida
    365 Weil Hall
    Gainesville, FL  United States  32611
  • Project Managers:

    Tucker-Thomas, Dawn

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Florida, Gainesville

    231 MAE-A Building
    Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    Gainesville, FL  United States  32611

    University of Alabama, Birmingham

    Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
    1075 13th Street South
    Birmingham, AL  United States  35294
  • Principal Investigators:

    Classen, Sherrilene

    Sisiopiku, Virginia

  • Start Date: 20210515
  • Expected Completion Date: 20230131
  • Actual Completion Date: 20221117
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01775431
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center (STRIDE)
  • Contract Numbers: 69A355174710
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jun 25 2021 9:46PM