Volkswagen is working with disabled people to understand mobility requirements
As Volkswagen’s transition to electric vehicles matures, and partner Argo AI’s autonomous driving skills grow, the German automaker is deeply reflecting on what some purpose-built vehicle cabs should look like – and whether they’ll have to go through a similar revolution to make them more accessible to people with Disabilities.
Last month, VW presented its latest ID-Buzz-based ride-sharing car at a new test site near Munich Airport. In addition to car pooling, the plan provides for the vehicle to be used for commercial delivery.
Volkswagen – through its up-and-coming European ridesharing agency Moia and its commercial vehicle group – and Argo AI have piloted autonomous ridesharing in Germany, now with specially built versions of the upcoming ID Buzz microbus from VW. But as they try to expand those offerings, including eventually to the top 10 largest cities in the US, the automaker is considering losing some basic long-standing components and gaining others, such as: B. Wheelchair ramps.
“On this on-stage, we need a steering wheel because we have a safety driver, but not for commercial services that use digital drivers,” explains Thomas Foam, who leads the autonomous planning feature of the commercial version of ID Buzz.
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- Volkswagen is working with disabled people to understand mobility requirements
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