Assessing Safety and Mobility Benefits of Autonomous Ride Sharing Services

This research aims to use a multidisciplinary team, industry, and community-based perspective among experts in transportation access, policy, and technology— as well as communities of older adults who are potential end users of automated ride sharing services. The overarching objective is to identify the user perspective about automated ride sharing services (AV ride sharing services), and to solicit responses pertaining to adoption and acceptance practices thereof. The research team will invite, from older adults (50+ years of age; from five geographic areas in Florida, see Objective 1), feedback on factors that impact their successful acceptance, adoption, and user practices on autonomous ride sharing services. This is important because (1) we do not have quantifiable data to understand the older adult perspective to engaging in AV ride sharing services, (2) the industry partners may not provide the optimum design features in the automated vehicles to safely, comfortably and conveniently accommodate older adults, (3) policy makers do not have data driven information pertaining to older adults’ perceptions in various geographic areas in Florida—which may make deployment decisions for widespread use of automated ride sharing services challenging, and (4) educational materials—a critical step towards acceptance and adoption practices—are currently lacking for those 50+. Therefore, to overcome these limitations, the team will solicit older adults’ responses, before and after being exposed to AV ride sharing services and use their feedback to inform industry provider(s), policy makers, and the SMFLC with their responses


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $269442
    • Contract Numbers:

      BED31 977-02

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      University of Florida

      219 Grinter Hall
      Gainesville, FL  United States  32611
    • Managing Organizations:

      Florida Department of Transportation

      Research Center
      605 Suwannee Street MS-30
      Tallahassee, FL  United States  32399-0450
    • Project Managers:

      Holley, Gail

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Florida

      207 Grinter Hall
      PO Box 115500
      Gainesville, Florida  United States  32611
    • Principal Investigators:

      Classen, Sherrilene

    • Start Date: 20220428
    • Expected Completion Date: 20230831
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01844440
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Florida Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: BED31 977-02
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Apr 29 2022 1:43PM