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Engineers Point to Opportunities for Including People with Disabilities in Autonomous Driving Research and Development

Dr. Rory Cooper remembers when the idea of autonomous vehicles first crossed his radar. It was 1994. Engineers were exploring how innovations like intelligent highways and lane-following technology could make roadways and vehicles safer. Cooper, an engineer, had just founded the Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL) at the University of Pittsburgh to research ways to increase mobility for people with disabilities.

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How Can We Keep Teen Drivers Safe?

Every year, new teenage drivers get behind the wheel for the first time. If you’re a parent, this can be an exciting and scary achievement. Getting a driver’s license is a step toward independence, but driving-related crashes remain the leading cause of death for teenagers. How can we keep teen drivers safe on the road?

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United Cerebral Palsy Joins Let’s Talk Autonomous Driving Partnership

Let’s Talk Autonomous Driving is pleased to welcome United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) as a national partner in our public education campaign.

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Child Safety Advocates Point to Need for Conversation, Awareness Around Autonomous Driving Technology

The United States has made great progress in preventing child fatalities from unintentional injuries. In fact, the U.S. childhood death rate from unintentional injury – or accidents that are preventable, like drowning or failure to use child safety restraints in vehicles– has been reduced by 61% since 1988.

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Addressing transit mobility gaps: What Waymo, Valley Metro and ASU learned from serving paratransit riders and seniors

In 2018, we shared our plans to work with Valley Metro, the Phoenix Metro area’s regional public transportation authority, to explore mobility solutions in a first-of-its-kind study that would use autonomous driving technology to complement the city’s existing transit network.

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Waymo teams up with the Northern California Spinal Cord Injury Foundation to capture insights from wheelchair users

Waymo is partnering with Northern California Spinal Cord Injury Foundation (NorCal SCI) in the San Francisco Bay Area to include wheelchair users in its rider testing program, called the Trusted Tester program, and solicit their feedback.

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San Francisco-Based Disability Advocacy Group Joins Waymo-Led Public Education Initiative

We are happy to share the news that Support for Families of Children with Disabilities, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, has joined Waymo and other local and national organizations as a part of the Let’s Talk Autonomous Driving partnership.