An article in Forbes by AgeLab Director Joe Coughlin examines the limitations of autonomous vehicles in solving the mobility needs of older adults:
"The current vision of driverless cars begins and ends with a safe rider being carted to where she wants to go. However, the vehicle is only part of the complete travel experience. Our rider’s journey actually includes at least three parts—getting into the car, the trip inside the car itself, and getting out of it. I call this the last-50-feet problem...
The barriers that keep some older adults from driving today are the same impediments that may keep them from riding alone tomorrow. Yet this is the very mobility-disadvantaged population for which the autonomous vehicle vision is said to be a solution."
Read Dr. Coughlin's thoughts in full here.