Technology is a wonderful thing. While it’s often most credited for helping to improve businesses, it’s also helped to save, as well as improve millions of lives. In particular, it’s really helped those with disabilities, especially when it comes to driving.
The automotive industry has come a long way and the technology found in today’s mobility vehicles is astonishing. So, what’s changed and what kind of technology is helping disabled drivers regain and hang on to their independence?
Tailormade disability vehicles
Disabled drivers have a huge range of cars to choose from these days. Many companies even offer tailormade vehicles to fit the individual driver. Allied Mobility for example, is renowned as one of the leading UK companies to offer cars that are designed around each customer. The floor of the vehicles can be lowered to provide more headroom and all modifications are thoroughly safety tested.
Just some of the technological advancements introduced for disabled drivers include foot accelerator adaptations, hand controls and full in-car safety systems. Wheelchair hoists, steering balls to help amputees steer with one hand and automatic transmission are all other great technological advancements which have helped those with disabilities.
Exciting developments to watch out for
Although technological advancements have already produced fantastic benefits for disabled drivers, there are plenty of exciting developments still to come. Driverless vehicles and cars for the blind are just two of the most recent innovations set to be released in the not too distant future.
Dennis Hong, a skilled engineer, has developed a car which can be driven by the blind. His vision is to install numerous computer systems, cameras and sensors, which can detect the surrounding environment and use vibration or sounds to warn the driver. This type of technology is outstanding and will prove revolutionary for the blind.
Driverless cars are also set to make it easier for disabled drivers, helping those who cannot currently drive traditional vehicles due to mental or physical handicaps. They have already been trialled and are now in the late development stage.
Overall, these days it’s easier for disabled drivers to maintain their independence. As technology continues to improve, it’s only going to get better for those suffering from mental or physical handicaps. Regardless of what type of disability the driver has, the car can always be modified with numerous technologies to accommodate their needs.