As the social consciousness regarding people with a disability or special needs grows across the world, the disability industry continues to grow. The industry is rapidly innovating by producing personal assistive equipment to enable people with a disability or special needs to participate in society as fully as everyone else. This has led to production of electric wheelchairs, manual wheelchairs, dual control pedals for vehicles, trike bikes, and electric mobility scooters that are now being widely used. Automotive technology is now being used by the industry by creating products that make the mobility experience much more comfortable, efficient and beneficial.
This attempt to connect automotive technology to the industry for wheelchairs and mobility aid equipment and their systems has led to the production of many different types of aids that now the industry is able to cater to numerous different individual needs and is rapidly becoming a large-scale customized industry. Prior to the use of technology in the industry manual systems for mobility were much more difficult to use making it hard for people with different mobility levels to move around independently.
One of the most important innovations in this regard is the electric wheelchair. It was common for people to use manual wheelchairs which had to be moved either by the attendant or the user themselves requiring much more physical effort for simple movement. Electric wheelchairs enable people to travel without having to use any physical effort. The electric powered wheelchairs move on their own making it easier for the users and their attendants. A simple battery is attached to the wheelchair which can be easily charged and powers the wheelchair. The joypad and speed controlling options allow the user to easily use the wheelchair and adjust the speed and direction to suit their preferences.
Another important innovation in Disability Industry is the electric mobility scooter. Electric mobility scooters are not very different from the electric wheelchairs in terms of their basic functionality but tend to be much higher powered and are much more useful for long distances and shopping. These electric mobility scooters are powered by batteries and look very similar to small cars or bikes with a greater level of security and safety. These scooters have a higher speed than the conventional electric wheelchair making them much more useful for outdoor mobility.
The dual control system is an important and essential innovation in the industry because it is aimed at making travel much more comfortable and flexible. People with a disability or special needs and different abilities can have a much smoother commute with the help of this system rather than constantly having to control it. Most of the cars with attached dual control panels and systems tend to be extremely lightweight and thus do not increase the weight of their cars very much making it much suitable for the overall functioning of the car.
In simple words, the dual controls are just additional features of driving controls which help the main functions of the vehicle like clutch, brake or accelerator to be controlled by the person who is sitting in the passenger seating position. They can be used to teach someone to drive as well. The dual controls systems are a great back up function in case the driver loses the control of the car. It is used to prevent the people to be in harmful situations.
Trike bikes are another invention which have connected automotive technology, safety, and security. Trike bikes are three tire petrol powered bikes created especially for the needs of people who require assistance in movement. These trike bikes are especially useful for transportation and provide massive employment opportunities to those who seek work whilst having to manage their reduced mobility. They have opened massive opportunities for the people to work and since the automotive industry has not particularly focused on creating vehicles that are as user-friendly to people with special needs, trike bikes ensure that this is no longer an issue.
Since the industry has been constantly trying to create all kinds of vehicles user friendly irrespective of abilities and needs, an important transformation in the industry is the dual control system of vehicles such as regular cars. Cars can now be modified to create a pedal system which can be controlled by two people, both the driver and the passenger sitting next to them. The passenger sitting next to them can also have pedals which can control the speed of the car allowing the people with a disability or special needs to drive without the fear.
This inclusion of technology into the industry is quickly revolutionising the mobility experience of people from manual control systems which were difficult to handle to automatic, usually electric powered systems requiring minimal physical exertion.
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