Volkswagen Newsroom | July 30, 2019 | Photo: Inclusive Mobility / Volkswagen
Volkswagen Group of America has a big mission: offering mobility solutions for people with disabilities. The Inclusive Mobility initiative is more than just a name; it’s a program that directly engages with disability groups in the early stages of designing vehicle technologies, user experience and mobility services.
The initiative, led by the Inclusive Mobility team at the Innovation and Engineering Center California (IECC) in Belmont, Calif., is an industry first. While there have been patents and designs developed within the automotive industry for years related to accessible mobility solutions, Volkswagen is the first original equipment automotive manufacturer to directly engage with groups that represent people with a range of disabilities early on in the design and development process of advanced vehicles.
The program began last year through outreach and collaboration with groups including the National Federation of the Blind, the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund and the National Association of the Deaf.