Graduate Research Assistant
This study will assess the perceptions of rural Veterans before and after riding in the EasyMile EZ10 automated shuttle. We will also conduct focus groups to obtain Veterans’ perceptions after riding in the automated shuttle. In collaboration with the VA Transportation Service Providers, industry stakeholders, and policymakers (locally, statewide, and nationally), the study aims to shape Florida and VA policies to successfully implement automated vehicle technology into the transportation system. Given the rapidly changing transportation environment, this study is vital to plan a future intervention to optimally reintegrate Veterans into society, who are either not fit to drive or encounter transportation constraints. Autonomous vehicle technology may provide options for Veterans to reintegrate in society, participating in their community, and access health care and services.