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Mobility: Driving a car

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The user's arm and hand on the control device for the accelerator and brakeAccelerator and brake controls in adapted minivan
A person with a high spinal cord injury can operate adapted accelerator and brake controls by fixing his or her hand in place
Lever for accelerator and brake, cover plate in front of original pedalsAccelerator and brake in modified car
Mechanical modification that enables a person with tetraplegia to drive a car
User on car ramp on the way into the carAdapted minivan
Minivan – modified for a person with high spinal cord injury
User gets a battery out of the car trunkAluminum hook
A gripping aid to reach into the car trunk - suitable for wheelchair users
Mounting plateAttaching wheelchair and seat belt in modified car
Modifications that make it safe for a person with disabilities to drive while seated in a manual wheelchair
Automatic parking disc. Photo: www.clasohlson.comAutomatic parking disc
Smart parking disc that automatically shows the time you parked – suitable for people with impaired hand function and/or impaired reach
Car seat Britax Dualfix. Photo from mammapappalam.seCar seat and infant carrier BRITAX DUALFIX
A car seat that can rotate 360 degrees – suitable for parents with disabilities
User at the wheelControl of car
Modification for accelerator and brake as well as for control of the steering wheel - make it possible for a person with a high spinal cord injury to drive
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
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
Child in rotated car seat. Photo from www.pinterest.comCybex Sirona Car seat
A car seat that can rotate 360 degrees – suitable for parents with disabilities
User at the wheelDriving a car for people with disabilities
A car that is suitable for persons with impaired gait and impaired function in hands and arms
Driver's seat rotated 90 degreesElectrically adjustable driver's seat in modified car
- facilitates transfers between wheelchair and driver's seat
Garage with ramp to the doorGarage in adapted house
Garage for minivan in adapted house
Gear panelGearbox in adapted automatic car
Shifting the car's gears with a mouth stick – a solution for drivers with high spinal cord injuries
User operates side door/lift from outside the vehicleLift for modified van
- facilitates transfer to and from the car for people with disabilities
User with stick for miniature steering wheel in universal holderMiniature wheel in adapted minivan
Miniature wheel with attachment for arm and hand - a solution for driving for persons with high spinal cord injury
User drives car using mobile hand controls. Photo from the tipster’s archivesMobile hand controls for car
With mobile hand controls a person with disabilities can drive any automatic car
Adapted wheel and hand controlsModified car
Modified car suitable for persons with high quadriplegia with partial arm/hand function
Modified car keyModified car key
- suitable for people with impaired hand function
User opens side doorModified Chrysler minivan
- enables a person with tetraplegia to drive a car
Garage viewed from inside without car, showing hole in front wall on short side as well as side doorModified garage
Modified garage for a person who drives a minivan equipped with a ramp on the side
User on ramp on the way into the carModified minivan
- allows user to drive while sitting in a manual wheelchair
User by race car. Photo: www.rullarnas.seModified race car
A race car that can be driven with hand controls - suitable for people with disabilities
Three-point cradle for standard steering wheelModified steering wheel
- enables people with tetraplegia to drive a car
User drives his car with space driverModified van
A van that can be fully controlled with a joystick - suitable for people with severe disabilities
The user opens/closes the trunk by remote controlMotorized car trunk
Motorized car trunk aids persons with disabilities
User on path into the garage (from inside)Path between garage and house in accessible housing
Short dry path between house and garage – important for persons who use electric wheelchairs and who drive cars
User pulls protective covering over his lapProtection for car seat
Custom sewn covers for the car seat protects both the user and the car seat from dirt when he places a wheelchair in the car
Display with touch buttons to regulate heatRegulation of heat in modified minivan
Heat regulation in adapted car, operated with a mouth stick
Garage door, half openRemote control for garage door
Remote control for garage door - appropriate for people with disabilities who drive
Hand controls installed in the user’s carRemovable hand controls
Easy mechanical solution for hand controls in the car – suitable for people with disabilities
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
User moves from car to wheelchairTransfer from driver's seat of car to wheelchair
Transfer technique for people with strong arms
User seated in wheelchair on the way into the car; built-in sliding board is folded downTransfer to car
Built-in sliding board facilitates transfers to a car for wheelchair users
User acceleratesTravel hand control unit for car
Easy to install travel hand control unit for car with automatic transmission - suitable for wheelchair users
User sitting in car – close-up of wheelchair headrestTurn signal and headlight controls in adapted minivan
The controls for driving the car are placed in the wheelchair headrest – suitable for persons with high spinal cord injuries who drive
Wheelchair attachmentWheelchair attachment in adapted minivan
Wheelchair attachment for persons who drive while sitting in an electric wheelchair
User with remote control to wheelchair crane; photo from Autoadapt, www.autoadapt.seWheelchair crane for car
Wheelchair crane that lifts a manual wheelchair into and out of the car trunk – suitable for people with disabilities and low strength