15 Projects Awarded Funding to Improve Accessibility Through Tech
15 Projects Awarded Funding to Improve Accessibility Through Tech

More than $41 million is being awarded to 15 teams in 15 states through two U.S. Department of Transportation design challenges to improve transportation access to persons with disabilities and individuals with mobility challenges.

The Department awarded over $38 million to five awardees through its  Complete Trip - ITS4US Deployment Program. The projects will enable communities to showcase innovative business partnerships, technologies, and practices that promote independent mobility for all. The three-phased effort brings together public-sponsored and private-sponsored research. It also will create large-scale, replicable deployments that generate increased mobility options across multiple modes of transportation to address the challenges of planning and executing complete trips.

The Department also awarded $3 million to 10 semifinalists through its Inclusive Design Challenge. The multi-stage competition seeks design solutions to make Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) more accessible to persons with disabilities through hardware or software solutions that enable independent use of AVs by persons with disabilities or mobility issues. The 10 projects, each receiving $300,000, will have 18 months to develop their proposed ideas into prototypes. The Department will later select three final winners that will receive the remaining $2 million of the $5 million total prize in 2022.

The Complete Trip - ITS4US Deployment Program received 24 eligible proposals by organizations from 15 states.