New risks emerge all the time. We are smack dab in the middle of a robotic revolution, which means that our lives are soon going to be a lot easier. For disabled individuals, the future means a world where disabilities are a thing of the past. With all that ease comes a lot more work for HR and Risk Managers.
Technology will test the limits of just about everything. Self-driving vehicles will are most likely one of the best technologies to assist the vision impaired.
Google recently showcased a self-driving vehicle. The video is incredible. I can only imagine how great it must feel for the blind man who will now be able to go places on his own, whenever he wants. And this includes going to work. Take a look at the video.
The United States is behind. Really behind. Germany has a Department of Autonomous Vehicles and a Department of Motor Vehicles to tackle the emerging issues. California will most likely be the first in the United States to actively manage these issues. Until then, it is upon each agency’s HR and Risk Management departments to handle.
Is your agency ready?
Does your agency have the policies are knowledge to deal with the myriad of issues that will arise? Here are a few to consider:
- Disabled individuals take an unmanned vehicle to work where unmanned vehicles are prohibited from operating in your parking lots
- An unmanned Lyft crashes into your building
- An unmanned Uber strikes a student or pedestrian in the crosswalk
- Cameras are used on wheelchairs or scooters to propel blind individuals around the campus or office
What to do next
The question always comes down to what do we need to do next. First, I would suggest developing policies to deal with these types of situations. Second, get up to speed on the technologies and what is likely to be hitting your doors sooner rather than later. And third, determine what ADA accommodations you are willing and unwilling to accept or make.