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Anpassad minivan, (svensk text)

User on car ramp on the way into the car
User on car ramp on the way into the car

Driver's seat with modifications and seatbelt without user
Driver's seat with modifications and seatbelt without user

User sitting at the wheel
User sitting at the wheel

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Adapted minivan

Minivan – modified for a person with high spinal cord injury

Description
The user drives a Chrysler minivan. The user sits in his electric wheelchair (Permobil) when he drives. The wheelchair is attached to the floor of the car (see associated tip). The floor of the car is lowered and there is a ramp on the side. The user operates the accelerator and brake with his left hand and steers with his right hand with a "mini wheel". He shifts with a button system (shift panel) that is operated with a mouth stick (see associated tip).

Authors comments
Other people can also drive the car by moving the car seat to the driver's side and the user sits in the wheelchair, next to the driver.

Manufacturer
Autoadapt, www.autoadapt.se (last checked March 2011)

Paid for by
Swedish Social Insurance Agency

Tip is dated from 2007

Categories for this tip
mobility » driving a car, Tips and tricks from people with High tetraplegia with partly function in arms/hands (C5-6, ASIA A, B).

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The controls for driving the car are placed in the wheelchair headrest – suitable for persons with high spinal cord injuries who drive
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Driver's seat with seatbelt in carSeatbelt in adapted minivan
Permanently fastened seatbelt – a solution for persons who cannot fasten the seatbelt without assistance and who drive while sitting in the wheelchair
Tip is dated from 2007.
Wheelchair attachmentWheelchair attachment in adapted minivan
Wheelchair attachment for persons who drive while sitting in an electric wheelchair
Tip is dated from 2007.
Armrest with cruise control (red lever)Cruise control in adapted minivan
Use of elbow to operate cruise control – a possibility for persons with high spinal cord injuries
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Modified garage for a person who drives a minivan equipped with a ramp on the side
Tip is dated from 2007.
Box with buttonsCustom modifications to adapted minivan
Functions for driving car in box with buttons – suitable for persons with high spinal cord injuries who drive
Tip is dated from 2007.

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