Start independent transfer May navigate It does more than just talk about accessibility when it comes to developing self-driving technology. The company has recently begun developing a prototype wheelchair accessible version of its independent shuttle car, and has just completed an initial round of observations from the community of people in Columbus, Ohio, who were already using the shuttle.
The May Mobility design includes entry and exit accommodation, as well as wheelchair access for passengers as soon as they are on board during the flight. The company learned from the first round of comments that its design needs to be improved in terms of making the ramp longer to facilitate more progressive on board and get off, as well as improve pick-up and get-off points.
Still planning to work on some improvements, before deploying its cars, but we can expect to see the May Mobility shuttles be accessible in operation across their freighter in Columbus, Providence and Grand Rapids soon, according to the company.
In the end, however, the company says it feels that its solution is at least as much as the transportation options currently available in the region.
"For us, our focus is on how we can transform cities, make them safer, greener, and accessible to everyone," said May Mobility founder and COO Alisyn Malek on stage at TechCrunch Sessions: Mobility. "How can we make transportation easier for everyone? Part of that is that we must think about" everyone. "
May Mobility cars are specifically low-speed electric vehicles, which do not have clear guidelines or regulations about their design and safety features, so the company believes it makes sense to work directly with community members to get a direct start in the design that is accessible. Among the continued reluctance of independent car companies is that their technology will provide access to people who will not be able to use cars, but few have shown concrete steps they take to address the practical realities of real access.
Some others in the industry take action, including Lyft, Which works with its independent technology partner Aptiv and the National Blind Association to design a self-driving service working for Passengers are blind and have low vision. But May Mobility has the commercial operation of the audience in specific, manageable links that provide value to the community now, which means that your access actions will be of real benefit in the places you actually work.