A man with a devastating illness is mobile once again thanks to a heavily modified pickup truck. He hopes he can help others in his situation gain the freedom of mobility they need to lead a normal life.
Mobility Ventures, the Indiana-based maker of vehicles designed and built to accommodate people with disabilities, is adding a luxury model to its lineup. Called the MV-1 LX, the vehicle joins Mobility Ventures' portfolio of purpose-built vans with wheelchair ramps.
Yes, things are getting worse for Segway. In 2010, the electric scooter was named one of the 50 worst inventions of all time. Later that year, the CEO of the UK sales company, Hesco Bastion, died piloting his Segway off a cliff and into a river. Now, Disneyland says that it's too dangerous to ride in its park, and a California appeals court agrees.
We've met plenty of people in our time that can't quite master the act of driving. Legs and feet operating the pedals and arms and hands sawing away at the wheel – it's really not that difficult, right?
Robots are here to stay, and all signs point to there being more "everyday" mechanized friends that will specialize in doing different things for different people. In addition to its work on the Partner Robot, Toyota is developing a Human Support Robot (HSR) to assist the elderly at home. The cylindrical, 70-pound HSR can be controlled by voice, just like children and grandchildren, and will perform the tasks that children and grandchildren are most handy for, such as picking things up, retrievi
Sure, you car drive your car to the train station. If you're taking the auto train down the East Coast of the U.S. or into the Chunnel between France and the UK, you can even slip your vehicle into a specially designed train car. However, neither of those options quite matches up to being able to drive your car straight onto a subway. The Kenguru Cruiser fits that particular bill.
General Motors announced today that in addition to the standard free year of service that comes with every vehicle equipped with OnStar, customers purchasing a GM vehicle with aftermarket equipment for the disabled will receive an extra two years of free OnStar service. The deal works through GM's Mobility Reimbursement Program that since 1991 has been reimbursing disabled customers an extra $1,000 when they buy or lease a GM vehicle and adapt it with one of 35 eligible aftermarket mobility modi
When we think of transportation designed for the physically challenged, a picture of a Dodge Caravan converted to be wheelchair accessible pops in our heads. But your average Mr. Money Bags doesn't find himself scoping out Caravans when it comes time to replace his chauffer-driven Rolls, so why should those who roll in a wheelchair have to? It's an interesting question that Dignity Transportation felt compelled to answer with its Dignity Star wheelchair-accessible limo, believed to be the first
Sibling-site Engadget posted about the Superfourin chair, a
modified wheelchair/ATV developed by the German organizations Fraunhofer Institute for Information and Data Processing
IITB and Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH. The chair not only allows a disabled person to traverse rough terrains with ease,
but tracks them via the built-in GPS system while other systems monitor the driver's vital signs. In the event of a
problem, such as the driver suffering a seizure or the chair's wheels lock up, an alert