A step backwards in wheelchair transportation?
When I saw this I cringed: Drive away car invented
It’s basically a single person electric bubble car where wheelchair users can enter in their wheelchairs through the automatic ramp at the back, and then just drive away. How amazing is that – the inventor gave up her job to set up a company to make these cars which are steered by a motorbike-style handlebar and costing only $25.000.
WHOAAA ….. hang on a moment, I can do better than that!
I have a car, where I also stay in my wheelchair!
I also wheel straight in the back up a ramp (which could automatically fold up and the doors close if I needed it to)!
If I were medically able, I could also drive off. (I can’t drive so others drive for me).
Not only does my car pootle around the town locally – I can drive on main roads and motorways! It doesn’t end there – even more amazing is that rather than drive round as a lonely single wheelchair user – I can be in the car with friends, family – and even carry luggage to go on holiday or put my shopping in the back. All for around £7-8 thousand pounds. Match that then bubble car.
Thinking about it – handlebar steering, electric vehicle….. isn’t that called a mobility scooter?
I think I have the better deal, socially and financially with my car and power wheelchair combo. Good luck America with your new invalid carriage for single people with no friends!