How can driverless cars broaden access for people with disabilities?

Less than a week after Waymo announced it began testing fully autonomous vehicles in Austin, company heads joined panelists from different subsectors of the disability community to discuss how the technology can expand accessibility for riders.

The panel was held as part of the 2024 South by Southwest Conference and Festivals. Among those speaking Tuesday included Emily Coleman, the superintendent of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Austin.

Coleman said one of the key focuses of the school is to encourage students to be as independent as possible while gaining the tools and skillsets necessary to making decisions about their own futures.

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