Technology Changing the Future of Accessible Transportation

Thursday, November 16, 2:30 - 3:20 PM

Speaker(s): Mohammed Yousuf

Room #: Mockingbird

Approximately 57 million people in the United States live with some form of vision, hearing, cognitive, mobility, or other disability. For people with disabilities, including veterans and older adults, inadequate mobility and transportation can hinder them from completing important tasks, such as obtaining employment, commuting to appointments, shopping for groceries or even attending social events.

The Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI) leads efforts to research, develop and implement transformative solutions, applications and systems to help all people, particularly those with disabilities, effectively and independently plan and execute their travel, addressing individual mobility needs. The Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI) is a joint U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) initiative, co-led by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA), with support from the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office (JPO) and other Federal partners.

The ATTRI program is researching and developing accessible transportation applications that supports accessibility for a complete trip, from origin to destination. If one segment of a trip is not accessible, it makes the entire trip inaccessible. An accessible complete trip allows individuals with disabilities, especially those with severe disabilities, to have independent access to work sites, educational programs, health facilities and social and recreational activities. ATTRI envisions a future where all people can travel independently, anytime of the day to any destination, regardless of their individual abilities.

ATTRI is currently developing applications in four different technology areas: wayfinding and navigation, pre-trip concierge and virtualization, safe intersection crossing, and robotics and automation. This presentation will explore the complete trip and how the advanced technologies being researched and implemented by the ATTRI program can improve future travel for all individuals. The presentation will also highlight the recently awarded projects for the ATTRI program that will develop, test and demonstrate innovative accessible transportation applications. Practitioners and researchers interested in accessible transportation and advances in robotics and automation should attend.