Driving can be a very demanding and mentally draining task. In addition to that disabled drivers have to cope with additional difficulties owing to their condition.
There is the need to deal with many challenges that come with being disabled, even before one can be in a comfortable enough driving position.
Disabilities come in various shapes and sizes, and although each disability is handled in its own original way, in a way each makes driving a special feat.
As an example a short person might need a customized seat, and a couple of modifications made to the pedals.
Whereas a person with lower extremity disability will need a throttle and brake that is hand operated, a system known as hand controls.
For some, it will require a vehicle control system that is completely customized, while for yet others a way to reach the driver’s position in a wheelchair.
While vehicle accessibility has been a subject of great discussion for quite some time now, the elevation of corporate interest, stretch in technological boundaries, and increased moral quest from the general public have led to the continued growth of many opportunities for the disabled people, reassuring them of the more significant potential for comfortable driving even in years to come.
Some of the groundbreaking technologies that have emerged recently include the joystick driving system and the seats’ cushioning to ensure much comfort and accessibility for the disabled population segment.
As technology boundaries continue to push forward and corporate interest in the slogan ‘driving-for-all’ intensifies, more opportunities are on the way coming.
There are already many opportunities and customization options available for the disabled. The essential thing is to identify your needs and ensure that they are all accounted for during the design customization.
Whether you need a custom seat or want to reach the driver’s seat while in a wheelchair, all these requirements should be put in place during the custom design.
Note that factoring in your budget and choice of the wheelchair are also some of the most important considerations you have to make as the process unfold.
It is high time you can stay optimistic that there will always be adaptive equipment to facilitate your needs for comfortable driving regardless of how complex your requirements are, whether you are totally confined to a wheelchair or can make use of the benefits of a mobility scooter.
Technology is expanding more rapidly than ever before, and with the rise of deep learning and autonomous systems, there is no better time to stay more optimistic than now.