[CCCNFBW] Driverless Car Advocacy

Marci Carpenter mjc59 at comcast.net
Sun Jan 21 00:24:53 UTC 2018

Hi everyone,

I usually just listen to this list but I have some things to offer. 

There has actually been a lot of discussion and work on this issue at a national level. Here is a link to my search results from typing “autonomous vehicles” in the Search tab on the nfb.org <http://nfb.org/> website: https://nfb.org/search/node/autonomous%20vehicles <https://nfb.org/search/node/autonomous%20vehicles>
The website, as well as the Braille Monitor and Presidential Releases, are good ways to get up to speed (pun intended) on issues.I highly recommend subscribing to the Braille Monitor. It is available as a Podcast, email sent to your inbox, USB drive, large print (14 point), braille, on NFB Newsline and on the NFB Connect app.

Vaughn and Robert, it’s great that you are interested in this issue. We always need more people to help promote and shape our policies. I would be happy to talk with either of you as would any of our national leaders mentioned in the articles.

Happy weekend to all!

Marci Carpenter, President
NFB of Washington
mjc59 at comcast.net <mailto:mjc59 at comcast.net>

The National Federation of the Blind of Washington knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.

> On Jan 20, 2018, at 10:01 AM, Robert Chu via CCCNFBW <cccnfbw at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> i think this is a great idea! i am frequently irritated on our policy to not involve our, on the NFB Newslineselves in the electoral process (even with one of the major parties trying to gut ADA laws). this is a real, tangible way we can help shape future product production, public policy, and the lives of our membership. 
> that said, the scope of our effort should be clearly defined. perhaps Vaughn should be invited to our next legislative committee meeting where we can discuss a plan of action. 
> meanwhile, everyone can research! 
> Regards,
> Robert K. Chu
> 360.839.5233
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Jan 18, 2018, at 12:10 PM, Vaughn Brown via CCCNFBW <cccnfbw at nfbnet.org <mailto:cccnfbw at nfbnet.org>> wrote:
>> Good day to All,
>> I recently read that driverless cars are bound to hit the market by
>> 2020 at a cost of $45,000. The price tag may be
>> steep but the benefits are positive. During my research I wasn't able
>> to find much how the accessibility of these cars. I also understand
>> that there is still legal issues surrounding this matter as for as
>> allowability of driverless cars on the roads. What I am suggesting is
>> to start writing different technology companies as well as
>> elected officials regarding these matters.
>> The first concern would be advocating for a high standard of
>> accessibility for blind users. Other matters of accessibility such as
>> deafness can also be addressed. Before these cars do hit the market it
>> would be proactive to head off any accessibility issues. Here is a
>> contact link to write to WAMO:
>> https://waymo.com/contact/feedback/ <https://waymo.com/contact/feedback/>
>> Te second matter to be addressed is allowability. It would be
>> proactive to encourage law makers to start creating standards and
>> rules right now. The main issue is technology is often ahead of law
>> making, forcing a delay in such technology to be available. 2020 is
>> not that far off. Who would like to join me in bringing these matters
>> to the surface?
>> I look forward to a healthy discussion on this subject.
>> Kindly,
>> Vaughn
>> -- 
>> Vaughn Brown
>> WSSB Music Director
>> 360-904-8432
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