There are economic and racial inequities in transportation today. There are those who do not have an opportunity to drive to grocery stores or supermarkets where healthy and better food options are available. There are people with chronic diseases who do not have the access to regular health maintenance and therefore are only seen by a healthcare professional when they are in urgent need of treatment. There are many instances in our communities, whether urban or rural, that a lack of transportation means a lack of standard health care, and a lack of healthy food options as well as an inability to access better jobs.
But there are solutions available as we are on the cusp of widespread autonomous vehicle use that could enable the rural and urban residents to access better healthcare, food, jobs and a brighter future.