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Universal Design, Accessibility, AV

| Design Thesis, MDes 2021

Building Universal Principles

to enhance accessibility to AV-taxis for people with disabilities

Universal Access

to AV-taxis

Team

Duration

Design Thesis @UW, MDes 2021

Sept 2020 - Current  (1 year)

00 Overview

Challenge &

Design Question

How can AV-taxis, which are being commercialized considerably, directly impact the mobility of people with disabilities?

Design Solution

Universal Access Principles

to increase accessibility of new AV-taxis and self-driving cars

Key Learnings

Two layers consist of the journey of AV-taxis must be considered for access to self-driving taxis. Inside and outside of AV-taxis (Physical) and mobile phone applications (Digital)

Three human senses (Tactile, auditory, and visual) are the main senses used in human-machine interactions and must be covered throughout the journey.

Solo mobility of people with disabilities makes enormous social, cultural, and economic differences in a person's life.

01 The Solution

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Automatic folding seat to give enough space for motorized wheelchairs or guide dogs

Both-side door opening and pulling power handrail to support passenger get into the taxi

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02 Research Methods

100+

Literature Research

7

End-user Interview

3

Rounds of First person User Journey

5

Rounds of Concept Testing/ Co-design

03 Design Development

01. Ideation

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02.

End-user Interview & Co-design

03.

High-fidelity Redering

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