Uber’s New Autonomous Fleets Could Change How People With Disabilities Travel

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Uber is not alone in its skirting of ADA requirements, basically the entire taxi industry takes advantage of what Bryan Casey, an independent researcher and student at Stanford Law School, calls “a ‘gaping loophole’ large enough for taxi companies to drive entire fleets through.” Two words in a section of the ADA, meant to allow for companies to grow into the law, have allowed companies to completely get around it. This section exempts all cabs except “new van[s] with a seating capacity of less than 8 passengers, including the driver.” Companies stuck to the letter of the law and began to avoid “new vans” by only purchasing used ones.Uber cannot argue that its autonomous fleet will not be “new,” so any hopes of continuing to sidestep the ADA will hinge on how the law decides to define “van.”

Source: Uber’s New Autonomous Fleets Could Change How People With Disabilities Travel

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