The U.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Feedback on Inclusive Design Challenge

The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST) seeks feedback on a proposed Inclusive Design Challenge. The Challenge will make up to $5 million in cash prizes available to innovators who design solutions to enable accessible automated vehicles (AVs). Provide your feedback to help inform the Challenge via the Request for Information (RFI) by January 31, 2020.

The Challenge incentivizes the creation of innovative, inclusive design solutions to enable access for persons with disabilities to AVs. The Challenge aims to emphasize the opportunities and challenges introduced by AVs that human occupants are not expected to drive, supervise the driving functions of the automated system, or perform any other element of the dynamic driving task as long as the vehicle remains within its operational design domain.

The Challenge solicits solutions addressing obstacles faced by persons with physical, sensory, and/or cognitive disabilities. The goal of the Challenge is to inspire inclusive designs as AVs are developed, which may also increase access to conventional vehicles today. Solutions proposed should aim to decrease the need to modify Level 4 and 5 AVs post-production, or to reduce the cost of retrofitting AVs for use by persons with disabilities, including wheelchair users.

RFI comments will be accepted until January 31, no later than 5:00 pm ET

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Thank you in advance for your interest and feedback.