Category Archives: Adapted Driving

Why Can’t A Startup Build A Self-Driving Car?

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Editor’s note:   Peter Yared is the CTO/CIO at CBS Interactive.

On a 10- to 20-year horizon, large-scale technological innovation is going to center around machine intelligence, robotics and sensors. Each of these fields requires gargantuan amounts of capital and a lot of patience, a combination well beyond the scope of even the most progressive venture capital firm.

As Google has demonstrated with its self-driving car, the combination of machine intelligence, robotics and sensors can already perform better than a human at a complex task such as driving a car, something that 10 years ago was unthinkable to most people.

No doubt, Tesla has built an amazing car and after much trial and tribulation, brought it to market. However, General Motors had already shipped a production electric car years before. Tesla took advantage of the innovator’s dilemma, where legacy car companies are virtually incapable of embracing electric-only cars and integrating…

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On-Demand Ridesharing Startup Lyft Adds Insurance Between Rides

This could have interesting implications for people who have retired from driving and need to identify alternative transportation solutions.

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In the modern transportation market, companies like Lyft, Uber, and Sidecar have emerged to help get users from point A to point B. But with current regulations, there are questions about who is protected against potential liabilities when something goes wrong. Tonight Lyft sought to alleviate some of those concerns with the announcement that its insurance will cover drivers even when they aren’t actively driving a passenger that requested a ride on its platform.

Lyft had previously obtained insurance that covered any incident when a passenger was in a car. But the company’s liability was unclear at times in which drivers had signed on to accept rides but had not yet picked someone up. That differs from the typical taxi structure, in which drivers are generally covered so long as they are in a marked car.

For Lyft that means obtaining insurance between the time a contracted driver logs on…

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Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles: The Basics

Published: Mar 05, 2014 (Revised: Mar 05, 2014)
Author Contact Information: Allied Mobility
Abstract: Information regarding puchasing or leasing a wheelchair accessible vehicle in the U.K..
“A WAV or Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle is a standard car that has been specially converted to accommodate a wheelchair, in a passenger capacity or as a driver.”
Detail: If you or someone you love has a disability, it’s important to be informed of all the mobility options available.
The Motability Scheme is a government funded program that allows those with disabilities to exchange part of their benefit for a free vehicle. You will be eligible to join the Motability Scheme if you receive the Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance, the Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment, the War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement or the Armed Forces Independence Payment. More information on eligibility is available online.

What is a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle?

A WAV or Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle is a standard car that has been specially converted to accommodate a wheelchair, in a passenger capacity or as a driver. These vehicles vary in size and design but they have all been modified to give the greatest comfort and ease of access to wheelchair users. A WAV will include a built in ramp or lift, tie downs for the wheelchair, conversions to allow comfortable headroom and access from the side or the back of the vehicle.

Leasing a WAV Through the Motability Scheme

You can lease a brand new Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle through the Motability Scheme and this includes a five year agreement and a mileage allowance of 100,000 miles. The Motability Scheme means that you don’t need to worry about insurance, servicing or maintenance as these are all taken care of as part of the package. You can nominate two named drivers; get free RAC breakdown assistance and tire and windscreen replacements at no additional cost.

Choosing Your Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle

There are hundreds of dealerships in the UK that operate as part of the Motability scheme, so choose one that offers a comprehensive range of vehicles that best suit your individual requirements. When deciding on the best kind of WAV for you, it’s important to:

Consider the size of your wheelchair and how much space you think you will need. It’s also advised that you take into account the number of passengers that regularly travel with you and the amount of luggage you will take on long and short journeys.
Consider the kind of journeys you will be making and how often you will use your vehicle, because this will determine the kind of WAV you should choose.
It’s also a good idea to test drive the WAVs you’re interested in before committing to a make and model.
To find out more about Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles, contact a specialist retailer like Allied Mobility.

Related Topics
This information is from the Disabled World Private Section – Other relevant documents include:
The Vehicle Production Group LLC (Jun 28, 2010). First Factory-Built Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle
http://www.disabled-world.com/disability/transport/private/wheelchair-accessible-vehicle.php
Disabled Motoring UK (May 15, 2012). Campaign Calls for Safer Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles
http://www.disabled-world.com/disability/transport/safer-vehicles.php
VCI Mobility (Jun 20, 2010). Rear-Entry and Side-Entry Wheelchair Conversion Options for Minivans
http://www.disabled-world.com/disability/transport/private/van-wheelchair-conversions.php
Kersey Mobility (Sep 29, 2011). Wheelchair Accessible Van Rentals for Persons with Disability
http://www.disabled-world.com/disability/transport/private/wheelchair-van-rent.php
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Spot On Time’s New App Helps Drivers Arrive On Time, Find Parking Too

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The problem with navigation applications is that they assume you’re trying to find your way from Point A to Point B right now. They don’t permit busy travelers to pre-plan their trips in advance, and they don’t help you with the last leg of the journey – finding parking – either. A new application called Spot On Time wants to change that.

From a company called OT Mobility, Spot On Time is a subscription-based service aimed at those who do a lot of driving, whether salespeople on the road visiting potential clients, or just busy parents trying not to be late to pick up at school.

spotontime_dashboardWhat makes the service different from your typical navigation application is that it lets you pre-plan your trips, by having you enter in your final destinations and times you need to be there as far in advance as need be. You can also configure…

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