The automotive industry has gone through a number of great changes over the years. There have been huge strides made in terms of electric vehicles and autonomous driving, but what does the future hold for disabled vehicles? This is another area where progress has been made in recent times, but there is still a lot that needs to be done moving forward to give disabled people the freedom and independence that motoring provides.
Getting From A to B a Challenge
For those with a wide range of disabilities, simply getting from A to B can be a huge challenge and this can greatly impact their life and even prevent them from working. The good news is that this will become less of an issue as driverless cars start to become mainstream as the limitations that different disabilities present become less of an issue.
Driverless Cars a Game-Changer
Driverless cars could be a real game-changer for the disabled community and ensure that they can always easily, comfortably and safely get from A to B. This may allow them to find work and easily hold a job done, do their own shopping and generally enjoy the freedom and independence that being able to drive can bring.
Still a Way to Go
Despite this, it will be some time till driverless cars are being used on UK roads and the costs will be high. The good news is that there are many autonomous features that can make driving easier and safer for those with a disability along with wheelchair accessible vehicles, which can make a big difference to those with a disability and carers.
It is also possible to have vehicles modified for use for those with a range of disabilities and limitations, although this can be expensive. A few of the more common examples include having a joystick instead of a steering wheel and hand accelerators/brakes just as a few examples of what can be achieved. It is important to note that if someone has an adapted vehicle, they will have to pass the same driving test as everyone else and they will only be licensed to operate vehicles that have that specific modification(s).
It will be interesting to see what the future of driving looks like for disabled motorists as driverless cars start to appear on the roads. It could be a game-changing situation for the disabled community by allowing them a new sense of freedom and independence that was hard to achieve beforehand, but there is still some way to go until we reach this point.