SXSW Interactive Selects USDOT Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI) for 2016 Panel Discussion

The Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI) has been chosen to represent the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) during a panel discussion at the 23rd annual SXSW Interactive Festival (SXSW Interactive).

With over 4,600 proposals submitted, ATTRI was one of few applicants to be selected by the SXSW voting community—a collection of voters which includes the general public.

This panel announcement arrives in a timely manner as this year marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a law enabling people with disabilities to have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.

Mobility of travelers with disabilities, including veterans and older adults, is hindered by lack of accessible transportation options. Whether it be on-demand operations, virtual concierge travel assistance through mobile devices, or assistive robotics, research in accessible transportation has gained new momentum in recent years as a result of USDOT research activities in cooperation with other partners.

In the session, Technology Driven Accessible Transportation Applications, panelists will discuss USDOT efforts to identify and develop transformative transportation applications, especially for individuals with disabilities.

Panelists include ATTRI Program Manager Mohammed Yousuf, Bob Sheehan of the Federal Highway Administration, Vinli’s Mark Spain, and Sue-Ann Ma of Benetech Labs.

The 2016 panel discussion will mark the third occasion for USDOT to present on accessible transportation technology and the first time for USDOT to showcase its experience and technological focus-areas at a booth in exhibition.

SXSW Interactive is one of three program components of the annual SXSW music, film, and emerging technologies festival which takes place every year in Austin, Tex.

The 23rd annual SXSW Interactive festival will be held from March 11 to 15, 2016. The event features five days of showcasing-programs, a networking event hosted by industry leaders, and presentations and panels from the brightest minds in emerging technology.

Other featured presenters at the 2016 SXSW Festival include USDOT Secretary Anthony Foxx and United States Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith.

In addition to these sessions, the SXSW Festival will feature two days of programming on connected cars, autonomous cars, cars of the future, and other next-generation transportation innovations. These sessions will occur March 14 to 15, 2016.

To learn more about ATTRI and its program goals, visit