American autonomous transportation startup, May Mobility, has unveiled a wheelchair-accessible prototype version of its autonomous shuttle vehicle that is expected to be deployed soon.
The companycompleted an initial feedback round for the new vehicle in Columbus, Ohio and collected feedbacks from the people who would actually be using the shuttle.
Coming to the design of the vehicle, it has accommodations for entry and exit, passenger’s wheelchairs.
According to the company, the first round of feedback indicated a need for improvement in the design of the shuttle. Improvements meant things such as making the ramp longer to assist more gradual while boarding and dropping. Other than that, feedbacks also mentioned about optimizing pick-up and dropping points.
The American company intends to make some changes in the vehicle before its commercial deployment. But, the new shuttles will carry out testsin Columbus, Providence and Grand Rapids as early as possible.
The vehicles produced by May Mobility are generally low-speed Evs. Therefore, the company haven’t implemented any regulations or standards around the vehicle’s design and safety features. So, according to the company, it would be perfect to work directly with the community members to get a lead push on accessible design.
After completing a feedback operation, May Mobility is on the advantageous side than the other companies, which have been working on a similar kind of vehicles.