The Evolution of Disability Friendly Vehicles


November 26, 2019 By Mike
Last updated on November 26, 2019

At one time, if you had a disability you simply couldn’t drive. Cars weren’t built for those with disabilities, which meant many people were left feeling isolated and dependant upon others to get where they needed to go. However, today, developments in technology have led to disability friendly vehicles being introduced onto the marketplace.

Here, we’ll look at the development of disability friendly vehicles and what the future holds for disabled drivers.

Vehicle adaptations

Thanks to improvements in technology, there have been a lot of adaptations developed for vehicles. Those with disabilities can invest in a huge range of adaptations to help them keep driving and maintain their mobility.

Just some of the adaptations available include adapted mirrors, steering wheel knobs, a semi-automatic clutch and automatic transmission. These are just some of the minor adaptations you can take advantage of. Vehicle modifications can also be made for those with specific disability needs. 

Wheelchair accessible vehicles

As well as being able to invest in individual modifications, drivers with disabilities can also invest in specifically modified vehicles. Through Allied Mobility, you can invest in wheelchair friendly vehicles for example.

These have often been modified to make it easier to load wheelchairs into the boot. They have often also been changed on the inside, creating more space for those who need to use the wheelchair inside the vehicle. Some vehicles are even modified so that you can drive in your wheelchair.

So, for wheelchair users, driving has become a much more convenient task. These modified wheelchair friendly vehicles can be purchased outright or leased for a set monthly cost. You may also be entitled to government funding to help you afford the accessible vehicle you need.

How driverless cars will impact disabled drivers

While the improvements made within the industry so far have drastically helped disabled drivers, there are still developments being made. Driverless cars are currently being worked on which could greatly improve the opportunities available for those with disabilities.

Requiring zero input from humans, driverless cars will allow those who are currently unable to drive, to get to where they need to be. Demos of these vehicles have already taken place in cities such as London. While there is still a lot of work to be done, driverless cars are coming to our roads and when they do, those with disabilities will see their lives really transformed.

Overall, there have been many major developments in the auto industry in recent years for disabled drivers. The number of adaptations available is enabling many people with disabilities to maintain their independence. As technology progresses, it’s going to revolutionise the way in which those with disabilities travel.