RE: W3C Workshop: Transportation Data Models -- Due Monday

Responding to Janina's early draft:

The passenger should also be able to enter or depart from the vehicle in a location that is accessible to them. Thus, the stopping locations (at the beginning and end of the journey) are significant, and may have to be chosen appropriately.

These are preferences which, of course, may be out of scope, depending on where the limits lie.

The accessibility of in-vehicle information systems may also be out of scope, but it is important nonetheless.

-----Original Message-----
From: Janina Sajka <>
Sent: Wednesday, July 3, 2019 8:43 AM
To: W3C WAI Accessible Platform Architectures <>;
Subject: 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

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