- Grand Challenges
- Thought Leadership
Transportation advances can transform independence and dignity for older adults. In addition to an array of other new ideas, one compelling offering that we’re tracking is the emerging category of self-driving vehicles. May Mobility is leading an exciting new sub-category – self-driving shuttles – which offers a unique way to create a social transportation option. The company is committed to an inclusive user-centered design process that imagines an intergenerational riding community. At this Aging2.0 Alameda Chapter Event hosted in nearby Berkeley, CA, May Mobility’s Zafar Razzacki and Ben Thompson will describe May’s recent work in Ohio and will invite participants to provide direct input into the future design choices for the vehicle.
Goals for the event:
o Learn about the current state of self-driving vehicles and the specific category of self-driving shuttles
o Explore what inclusive user centered design means with respect to older adults and people with disabilities.
o To share experiences about research with older adults
o To explore through creative practice our own feelings about the future of transportation
Zafar has led the design, development, and launch of a variety innovative products and services. His experience spans over 15 years of product, marketing, and strategy roles at companies including Google, General Motors, and multiple technology start-ups. Zafar's diverse experience includes product, marketing, and strategy functions in industries including: medical devices and hardware; internet technologies and software; and mobility in autonomous vehicles.
He describes himself as a hybrid strategist / designer / product manager, "obsessive about delivering great user experience through a human-centered approach."
Since joining ECA in 2016, Rosemary Jordan has led the organization’s bricks-and-mortar growth strategy and has been a key participant in workforce and innovation strategies. Ms. Jordan’s focus is on expanding the reach of ECA’s unique and personalized services so that more Californians can experience what ECA communities have to offer. With more than 20 years of health care and consulting leadership experience, Rosemary is a seasoned leader bringing knowledge and creativity to help realize ECA’s strategic vision. Ms. Jordan is also incredibly passionate about creating a more just society and one that celebrates all voices and experiences. Ms. Jordan is a graduate of Vassar College, and received her master’s degrees in Public Health and Public Policy from the University of California - Berkeley.
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