Autism Spectrum Disorder and Automated Vehicles

Each year in the U.S., about 50,000 people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) reach the age of 18.  Research shows that employment and education outcomes for adults with ASD are very poor: more than half being unlikely to secure a job or continue their education after two years of high school and only about 30 percent will do so after six years. To secure employment and educational opportunities, adults with ASD, like most Americans, must be able to drive and have access to a car.  However, adults with ASD face neuro-developmental challenges that can make driving very difficult (e.g., sensory integration, nonverbal communication, motor coordination, and concentration challenges). It appears that only about 25% of “high functioning” ASD adults are independent drivers. Could autonomous vehicle technology provide the support that ASD adults need to safely access employment and educational opportunities? Fully automated vehicles may be a decade or more away, but could partially automated vehicles overcome barriers to ASD adults driving now or at least in the very near future? The objectives and outcomes of this research are to access available knowledge about the prospects for automated vehicle technology to address mobility challenges that severely limit the participation of adult ASD individuals in education, employment, and other essential activities.

    Language

    • English

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $69993.30
    • Contract Numbers:

      69A3551747127

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility

      San Jose State University
      San Jose, CA  United States  95112

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

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

      Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility

      San Jose State University
      San Jose, CA  United States  95112
    • Project Managers:

      Stearns, Amy

    • Performing Organizations:

      Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility

      San Jose State University
      San Jose, CA  United States  95112
    • Principal Investigators:

      Rodier, Caroline

    • Start Date: 20171001
    • Expected Completion Date: 20190131
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

    Subject/Index Terms

    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01643938
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747127
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Aug 21 2017 1:05PM