Vehicles for people who have disabilities and are unable to drive themselves, have come a long way in the last decade. Now vehicles with ramps, lifts and extra space for equipment, like mobility scooters, are readily available.
These vehicles, however, have been adapted by third party companies after manufacture by the auto industry. Many believe that the auto industry should be doing more and developing a better range of vehicles for the disabled. Here we look at how this may be achieved.
With the help of the auto industry, disabled peoples prospect of becoming fully independent travellers could be realised much easier. Looking to develop vehicles that have automated boarding, alighting and that don’t require the help of another person to do this or indeed to drive the vehicle is now tangible.
To start with designing vehicles that make it easy for the disabled to get in and out of it on their own would make a huge difference. Technology such as voice recognition may be one twenty first century solution to this problem.
Add to that a design template that features a bespoke space for the individual’s disability scooter and for themselves – and in doing so puts the person at the heart of the vehicle, then the vision for total independence isn’t too far away.
The advances in mobility scooters, supplied by companies such as Mobility Solutions, are plain to see. The modern mobility scooter offers the disabled much more independence and this is in part due to advancements in battery technology. The auto industry would do well to take inspiration from these advancements by developing driverless technology for the disabled.
One vision for a better range of vehicles for the disabled may involve electric driverless technology. The auto industry could make a real impact on the lives of people with disabilities and who are unable to drive, by developing driverless vehicles for them.
As we know the technology for driverless vehicles already exists and so making the leap to develop vehicles that also accommodate those with disabilities may not be too great.
A vehicle that allows a disabled person to not only board and alight independently but also to effectively drive the vehicle would be ground breaking. It would help the disabled person immeasurably and those who help care for them and get them around.
The question that remains is does the auto industry have the drive to make such technology available?