Small wheelchair car you drive with a joystick

Who knows if possible in the US, but an interesting idea for metro areas or suburban areas without adequate public transportation and with stupidly designed sidewalks.

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Friday, June 16, 2006

Small wheelchair car you drive with a joystick
This Hungarian (concept?) car, the Kenguru, is designed as a stylish small vehicle for wheelchair users. You can wheel your chair right into it and drive it with a joystick.”

http://www.boingboing.net/2006/06/16/small_wheelchair_car.html

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4 Responses to “Small wheelchair car you drive with a joystick”


  1. 1 redbud 2006 June 21 at 12:41 pm

    Wait — do you know of a metro with adequate public transportation and intelligently designed sidewalks? Cause I’ve travelled a lot, and the closest I’ve ever seen is … um … the Boston Airport?

  2. 2 vuee 2006 June 21 at 1:22 pm

    It certainly isn’t Manhattan. Curb cuts at one end of a traffic island but not the other; some bus drivers complain about wheelchairs (but at least one was extremely good at helping me get my brother on a bus); double-doors; etc. And pedestrians never look; they were constantly bumping into him.

    Certainly not Bethel. Senior Center bus is an old modified school bus type. No one knows how to work the wheelchair lift so it is seldom used. People who must be pushed to the bus stairs are then heaved onto and up the steep steps.

    Ted Stevens Airport (Anchorage) makes all of us from Bethel climb up (and down) the plane steps as well as the megabucks terminal steps.

  3. 3 sajfert miro 2008 January 14 at 8:18 am

    Hi everybody
    We have just launched a brand new website on Kenguru the first electrically powered car specially designed for wheelchair users:
    http://www.kengurucars.co.uk

    vuee–
    Thanks for following up with that news. It’s an interesting concept.The website has good illustrations of how the car works. I wonder what kind of consumers testing has been done? The car would sure beat trying to get a wheelchair around a city or even a small town or neighborhood.

    also check on their links to the BBC stories and exhibitions such as
    Mobility Roadshow which sounds quite good.
    The UK’s Number One Event For Homecare, Disability and Rehabilitation.
    “As the UK’s largest event for homecare, disability and rehabilitation, Naidex is your best opportunity to touch, test and compare all the latest new products and services available.”
    http://www.naidex.co.uk/

    The Wizzybug Disabled under-fives get mobile and the Device makes pet feeding easier were featured last year at NAIDEX

  4. 4 miro sajfert 2008 March 7 at 5:44 am

    Hi again,
    The final prototype will be delivered to us during Apr/May 08 for testing by the relevant authorities as well as wheelchair users
    We’ll keep you posted
    Best regards
    Miro Sajfert

    ————–
    This sounds good. Please do keep us up to date.
    vuee


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