Custom modifications to adapted minivan

Functions for driving car in box with buttons – suitable for persons with high spinal cord injuries who drive

Box with buttons
Box with buttons

Description
A box for functions such as starting the car (the key is always in), windshield wipers, rear windshield wiper, etc, sits next to the steering wheel. The user reaches the buttons with the mouth stick.

He controls the windows with toggle switches. The small buttons on the top are for an emergency battery.

Users comments
The user has to stop the car in order to operate these functions. If it starts to rain while he is driving he uses the windshield wiper sprayer (contact on wheelchair headrest) until he can stop the car and turn on the windshield wipers with the mouth stick, see associated tip.

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

Paid for by
Swedish Social Insurance Agency

Editors comments
Today there are rainsensors for windshield wipers available.

This tip is from 2007

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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.

Tipsare: Anders

Anders lives together with his partner in a house. He is working part time. He was injured in 1989 and has a high spinal cord injury (C4-5). He has personal assistance.