World Accessibility Consciousness Day: Embedding Accessibility in Tech | by Ed Lovelock | Starship Applied sciences | Could, 2023


Because the world’s main autonomous robotic supply supplier, one in all our core missions is to make life simpler and extra handy for folks.

We passionately imagine within the energy of expertise and innovation to make a optimistic affect on folks’s lives and communities — however we additionally know that too typically, accessibility and the wants of disabled folks may be missed when tech is being developed.

We’re main the way in which in a model new business, so we acknowledge we might not get the whole lot proper on the primary try. However at Starship, accessibility — and real two method engagement about accessibility wants — is embedded in what we do, and we’re devoted to constructing on high of every of our learnings alongside the way in which.

Over a variety of years we’ve invested time and useful resource into enhancing our expertise with accessibility in thoughts, for instance constructing autonomous recognition of mobility units and wheelchairs into robotic behaviour.

We perceive why it’s vital that our robots may be heard as they journey alongside the pavements and that our grocery compartment is at a top nearly all of wheelchair customers can attain (and that gadgets are bagged for ease of dealing with). We labored with a number one sight loss charity to ensure information canine and our robots can fortunately share a path. And we’ve constructed suggestions from disabled clients, residents and charities into our engineering and design processes in order that with each journey and each dialog we get higher at what we do.

However there’s extra to do.

That’s why in the present day, on World Accessibility Consciousness Day, we’re proudly launching the Starship Accessibility Advisory Panel.

We’re delighted to welcome representatives from the Royal Nationwide Institute for Blind Folks (RNIB), the College of Leeds and well being and welfare charity Leonard Cheshire to our panel to assist convey important lived {and professional} expertise to conversations throughout the organisation.

That is the beginning not the tip level, and we’re eager to ensure we now have expertise, illustration and views from completely different backgrounds and from folks with completely different disabilities and talents. Based mostly on the present panel membership, we’d be particularly eager to listen to extra straight from folks in our working areas who use a mobility gadget or wheelchair and/or are neurodiverse. Please get in contact with


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