A team had the idea of designing a system to allow wheelchair users to enter a vehicle and drive from their wheelchair. Adrian, of Mikrospin, was invited to help design and prototype one of these specially adapted vehicles. A challenge he took on with relish.
VW Caddy & Fiat Qubo vehicles were adapted to automatically open the tailgate and drop a ramp for access.
The VW Caddy was also adapted to lower its suspension for easier access. It was achieved by using a complex hydraulic system including a Bosch Rexroth hydraulic power unit and bespoke hydraulic cylinders. The system was controlled by special circuitry and pressure transducers, which were needed to evaluate the pressures on and movement of the vehicles during access.
The result? Sensitive, safe and effective systems allowing wheelchair users to access their vehicle and drive from their wheelchair, granting them an extra independence.