The Promises & Challenges of Accessible Autonomous Vehicles: NMEDA Presents at Prestigious Workshop

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM) hosted its third and final workshop regarding “Technologies for Providing Increased Vehicle Accessibility to People with Disabilities and Older Adults” in Washington, DC, earlier this week. The day-long event featured presentations from various government agency officials and representatives from the automotive and transportation industries – including NMEDA, whose Director of Government Relations, Amy Schoppman, arranged for the Association to present on the promises and challenges of accessible autonomous vehicles (AVs). Joined by co-presenters Kevin Frayne (BraunAbility) and Ovidius Turcanu (Q’STRAINT), the group’s presentation focused on the expectations, prospects, and complexities of safe, functional, accessible AVs as viewed from the vehicle conversion and mobility device/passenger securement standpoints. NMEDA’s presentation was immediately followed by afternoon breakout sessions which facilitated multi-perspective dialogue regarding potential legislative, regulatory, standards development, and collaborative approaches to the legal, payment, adoption/proliferation, and other issues surrounding accessible AVs. AAM will next release a summary of technical findings based on the information and insights gained during this workshop series, and NMEDA looks forward to future cooperation with AAM and others as these important discussions surrounding accessible AVs continue.