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Praising self-driving taxis during blind. Learn how Waymo replies that the challenge in the global sight tech

 

Praising self-driving taxis during blind. Learn how Waymo replies that the challenge in the global sight tech
Praising self-driving taxis during blind. Learn how Waymo replies that the challenge in the global sight tech

The picture shows the feet and sticks of the people who are blind when they are preparing to enter the open door of self-driving vehicles.

Imagine yourself can’t see enough to be driven, and how it will change your life. I watched the scenario every day at home with my wife, who legally blind, and very busy people. He respected Uber and Lyft because they gave him an extraordinary choice to get up and leave whenever he wanted, wherever he wanted.

Praising self-driving taxis during blind. Learn how Waymo replies that the challenge in the global sight tech

So imagine his excitement a year ago when he was treated to a short ride in Waymo’s taxi riding himself. The safety driver asked my wife to tie and press the “Start” button. Yes, exactly! Where is the start button?

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We all chuckled because the point of sightseeing is to talk about Waymo’s commitment to accessibility in the development of self-driving taxis, which has functions in Phoenix. Waymo works with the basis for blind children (FBC) in Phoenix to get feedback about that experience, and also consulted with a lighthouse for blind in San Francisco.

We are pleased to announce that Waymo’s work on accessibility will be displayed in the global tech sight, which is a virtual event (2-3 December) which focuses on how the technology related to AI will affect assistance and accessibility in the coming years. Free presence and open registration.

Praising self-driving taxis during blind. Learn how Waymo replies that the challenge in the global sight tech

Joining Waymo accessibility sessions are three key figures that help guide Waymo’s work. Clement Wright is the Waymo product manager who is responsible for the user experience and accessibility of Waymo. The focus is to ensure all Waymo riders, including those who are flawed, can enjoy a safe, comfortable and comfortable vehicle in the Waymo service that is completely without drivers.

Marc Ashton is the CEO, the foundation for blind children, which is a phoenix-based leader and is recognized nationally in the education of blind children. Ashton’s son blind, which caused his interest in the field and in 2007 for the role of the CEO.

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Bryan Bashin is the CEO of the lighthouse for The Blind in San Francisco, which offers education, training, advocacy and community for blind individuals in California and throughout the world. Blind since college, Bashin has dedicated most of his career to advocate for equality, access, training and guidance for blind or low-vision individuals.

Search for Waymo for travelers that are very accessible and driving is not easy. “Today, the driver rises and taxis fulfills certain tasks outside driving a car tightly,” Wright said. “They might roll the window in the pickup to talk to motorists and help them find a car. One of our biggest challenges when we worked to build Waymo drivers ensure that we understand all the additional needs of drivers without human drivers in the car.”

The Waymo team has worked with an adult FBC member to get feedback on the mobile application used to call Waymo taxis, for example, using a search mechanism How to sound a taxi horn through the application.

“Time and again,” Wright said, “We have seen that features built to help a group of certain people, blind for example, actually very helpful for the rest of our driver base too. It has brought us to a wider focus on the inclusive design – seeing Specific riders need to understand the main challenges, and then build solutions that help everyone. ”

Autonomous vehicles have the potential to help with disabilities, including 1.3 million Americans who are legally blind, get where they have to go safely and efficiently. We will dive about how Waymo contributed access throughout the cycle of its product development and explores the important role of feedback, from blind and low-vision users, and partner organizations representing the groups, playing in the process. Join U.

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