Accessibility centre of new transport technology
Transport Minister Jesse Norman has stated that new transport technology must consider older people and those with mobility issues.
The government has reiterated that new modes of transport and pioneering technologies should transform travel for older people and those with disabilities, understanding that those with disabilities or mobility issues can sometimes face unacceptable barriers to travel.
Speaking at the final media and showcase event for FLOURISH, a self-driving car project in Bristol aimed at improving the mobility of older people and those with mobility-related needs, Norman outlined that new technologies, including self-driving vehicles and the increased use of mobile apps, have the potential to revolutionise everyday journeys for people with mobility issues, and this must be a key consideration for those companies developing future transport.
The Future of Mobility Minister said: “Self-driving technologies could greatly improve the mobility of vulnerable user groups, helping to address problems of isolation and loneliness across the country. The needs of older people, and those with visible or hidden disabilities, must be at the heart of all new modes of transport.”