W3C Workshop: Transportation Data Models -- Due Monday


It's heartening to see accessibility requirements specifically called
out in the Workshop announcement for this upcoming event in California
this coming September. However, since the deadline for submissions is
this coming Monday 8 July, I'd like to consider what our position
submission might say on list. A draft follows. Please help improve this
very quick and dirty start!

We will take up the issue of who might be able to attend and speak on
behalf of accessibility in the days that follow.

Cut Here ...

One Size Can't Fit All

Supporting the accessibility needs of persons with disabilities in our
emerging transportation industry will require personalized adaptation in
service delivery. Because the user can't change, the industry must adapt
its data modelsto accomodate.

Some examples illustrate this point:

*	Some transport customers will require wheel chair accessible vehicles.
	Others may only need to store their chairs securely before occupying a
standard passenger seat.

*	Blind customers aren't served by license plate numbers and transmitted
	photos of their drivers. Rather, they need the driver (or vehicle) to
identify themselves upon arrival. Perhaps, in this circumstance, it's the
user's photo which should be transmitted? Similarly, robotically delivered
parcels will need to guide blind customers to the retrieval of their goods,
e.g. "beep beep, your pizza is here."

*	App based transport services today provide a compelling payment
	mechanism that avoids requiring the international traveler to possess
and exchange foreign currencies. However, they also need to facilitate foreign
language communication of key personal data, e.g. how do I tell my Uber
driver: "I'm blind, so you need to see me and identify yourself to me as I
won't be seeing you when you arrive?" What's the word for "blind" in Chinese?
French? Etc? And, why should I have to learn it when the app can
communicate my critical factors on my behalf?


Janina Sajka

Linux Foundation Fellow
Executive Chair, Accessibility Workgroup:	http://a11y.org

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
Chair, Accessible Platform Architectures	http://www.w3.org/wai/apa

Received on Wednesday, 3 July 2019 12:43:51 UTC