Auto technology has evolved at a rapid rate in recent years and now vehicles come with a host of impressive tech as standard. This technology can be used to enhance the performance of the automobile, increase the safety, make it easier drive or improve comfort/entertainment. In-car technology can also assist those using wheelchair accessible vehicles as part of the Motability Scheme.
The Motability Scheme is a scheme which helps thousands of people with disabilities by allowing them to exchange their mobility allowance for a lease on a car, mobility scooter or electric wheelchair. Many people on the Motability Scheme lease a wheelchair accessible vehicle as this provides a safe, easy and convenient method of transportation. The vehicles use a ramp or electric lift so that the wheelchair and user can easily access the automobile, which is large enough for the user to enter in their wheelchair. From here, either the wheelchair and user can be secured, or the wheelchair can be stored and the individual can use a passenger or even driving seat.
These fantastic vehicles allow those with a disability to get out and lead their daily life with ease. In addition to this, modern technology can be incorporated into these vehicles to make them easy and safe to drive for disabled motorists. Here are a few examples:
Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) – Detects when a crash is imminent and automatically applies the brakes to avoid or minimise the damage caused by a collision.
Lane Departure Warning – Detects when the vehicle drifts out of its lane and either alerts the motorist or corrects the line.
Assistive Parking – Helps the driver to park into tricky spots either with audible signals or by taking control of the steering.
Blind Spot Detection – Constantly monitors the motorist’s blind spot and alerts them if they go to change lane but there is a vehicle in the blind spot.
These technologies can be beneficial for all to use, but particularly those with a disability who may find particular tasks more challenging such as parking or steering. Fortunately, these technologies are available in most automobiles and can be found in wheelchair accessible vehicles available form companies like Allied Mobility.
The Motability Scheme is a fantastic scheme that provides freedom and independence to those with a disability. This can be furthered with new in-car technologies which can make vehicles much easier and safer to drive for those that struggle with certain tasks behind the wheel.