How do we create a San Diego where we all move freely? We all have places to go and people to see. Whether for work or play—and by car, bike, train, bus, boat, or foot—mobility significantly affects millions on a daily basis. San Diego is culturally and economically diverse, as well as spread out, which makes getting around the city an important issue to explore.
In a one month long design competition, I worked within a team of 5 to research, design, and prototype a novel solution that tackled the challenge of mobility in San Diego – dealing in topics such as accessibility, commuter experience, and the rise of autonomous vehicles.
We took a human-centered design approach to prototype a semi-autonomous remote service provider system which aimed to accomodate riders with disabilities.
We ended up placing as top 3 finalists out of 23 teams.
Autonomous vehicles (also known as AV) are arriving sooner than anticipated. Within the next decade, level 3-4 AVs will roam the streets. While society is preparing for this major advance in transportation, there are still many areas of concern that the AV industry must take into consideration during this speedy transition period, particularly dealing with how to accomodate for riders with disabilities.
To summarize, AV onDemand is a model in which remote service providers monitor AVs and handle all takeover responsibilities for when a specific AV doesn't know what to do.
Below is a video prototype further demonstrating how a service provider and a rider work together to ensure a smooth commuting experience.