AVR

Fink Publishes Op-Ed in Bangor Daily News

Graduate Research Assistant Paul Fink published a new op-ed in the Bangor Daily News. The piece, “Self-driving vehicles are our future. UMaine is showing how” argues that Maine’s policymakers should capitalize on VEMI’s AV projects to make the state a leader for autonomous vehicle research and deployment. Read the article: Here.

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VEMI Presents at Inclusive Design Challenge Showcase

Members of VEMI’s Autonomous Vehicle Research Group presented at the U.S. DOT’s Inclusive Design Challenge Showcase. The team presented current work on the AVA App, a fully accessible ride-hailing, mobility, and navigation tool for fully autonomous vehicles. VEMI was joined by the nation’s top accessibility developers as they progress towards a $1 million competition held […]

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Dr. Giudice and Fink present at Braille Institute

In their talk, “The Future of FAVs for BVI People: Accessibility, Safety, and Policy Considerations,” at the Braille Institute’s Workshop on Autonomous Vehicles, Giudice and Fink described their current research related to AVs and the implications for accessibility. The interactive session included a discussion of the many benefits and huge potential of this newest form […]

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Fink presents at International Conference on Spatial Cognition

At the 8th International Conference on Spatial Cognition, Paul Fink presented Fink and Giudice’s project, Vibrotactile Maps for Promoting Spatial Understanding in Autonomous Vehicles. The talk detailed ongoing work to develop tactile maps for autonomous vehicle mapping on mobile devices.

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Fully Autonomous Vehicles for People with Visual Impairment: Policy, Accessibility, and Future Directions

Fink, Holz, and Giudice have published a new peer-reviewed journal article related to autonomous vehicle accessibility. The work, entitled “Fully Autonomous Vehicles for People with Visual Impairment: Policy, Accessibility, and Future Directions” reviews user-research with blind and visually impaired people contrasted with current policy efforts. They find that people with visual impairment are not being […]

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Federal Accessibility Standards for Fully Autonomous Vehicles

Fink and Giudice have published a policy brief entitled, “Federal Accessibility Standards for Fully Autonomous Vehicles” with the Day One Project . The work was the culmination of the nine week Technology Policy Accelerator through Day One and the Federation of American Scientists. Described in the brief are several recommendations for the Department of Transportation […]

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Giudice Interviewed on Blind and Beyond Radio Show

The interview centers on making autonomous vehicles accessible to people who are blind and visually impaired. The Blind and Beyond Radio Show is a nationally distributed radio program reaching 12 million people in the United States weekly. Listen here: https://www.blindandbeyondradioshow.org/uploads/7/5/2/6/75264243/b_b_sun_03-14-21__hr2_.mp3    

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