At FSL, we are committed to improving the quality of life for all Arizonans – especially seniors and adults with disabilities. We know that a lack of access to affordable and reliable transportation creates a barrier for so many who face health and social service needs. We also know that social isolation and loneliness are both risk factors for poor aging outcomes. We believe that self-driving cars will enable everyone, regardless of age or ability, to get around and keep their independence.
Did you know that 51% of people over the age of 75 live alone? “Often the people we serve through FSL’s many programs rely upon family members or friends to provide transportation to doctor appointment and the grocery store,” explains Tom Egan, FSL’s President and CEO. “Fully self-driving cars would remove this barrier for so many in our community, giving them the independence and dignity they deserve. And, can you imagine the stress this would take away from family caregivers who are often pulling double-duty as full-time employees while caring for their loved one?”
The Let’s Talk Self-Driving campaign focuses on engaging the public in diverse and creative ways to increase education and understanding about how this new technology can help address some of the biggest safety and accessibility challenges on our roads today. Perhaps you have already seen some of the television commercials, billboards, or advertisements on social media.
Education begins with awareness – we invite you to explore Waymo’s Let’s Talk Self-Driving website, and especially the stories from FSL’s own clients, Santos and Brian.
And, we are excited to share that Tom Egan was featured in a recent episode of the BBC’s technology show, “Click” (the link is below).