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Hi-tech advances in mobility vans and vehicles

Mobile accessibility technology improves the connection of those with special needs to their vehicles — reducing co-dependence and encouraging greater freedom. The latest advances in the field hint at enhanced interaction between mobility vans and special needs drivers and passengers.

True mobility freedom is one of the greater challenges to be faced by individuals with special needs. While many people are in a situation to rely on caregivers for transportation, advances in mobility vans technology are increasing the potential for those with specific disabilities to utilize their cars for travel and engagement with the world.

Mobility vans vehicle conversions featuring wheelchair lifts, versatile floor plan layouts, hand controls, and extended foot pedals have been around a while. However, digital enhancements to these technological tools have increased control and maneuvering in ways that were incomprehensible just a few years ago.

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Although many of these technologies are not yet available for wheelchair accessible mobility vans and vehicles, it can be reasoned that this is the future of adaptive mobility for special needs and disabled driving.

Mobility vehicles

The latest hi-tech mobility vehicles feature auto dimming headlamps.

Mobility vans with adaptive cruise control

Adaptive cruise control — also referred to as automated cruise control, traffic-aware cruise control, and radar cruise control — is a vehicle speed control system that automatically adjusts vehicle speed to maintain a safe distance from other vehicles in close proximity.

Assisting systems. Radar-based ACC often features a precrash system, which warns the mobility van driver and/or provides brake support if there is a high risk of a collision. Also in certain cars, it is incorporated with a lane maintaining system which provides a power steering assist in reducing steering input burden on corners when the cruise control system is activated.

Multi-sensor systems. Systems with multiple sensors can practice sensor fusion to integrate the data from to improve mobility vehicle safety and/or driving experience. GPS data can inform the system of geographic features such as a freeway offramp. A camera system could notice driver behavior such as brake lights and/or a turn signal.

Predictive systems. Predict systems modify speed based on predictions of other vehicles’ behavior. Such systems can make earlier, more moderate adjustments to the predicted behavior, improving mobility van safety and passenger comfort. One example is to predict the likelihood of a vehicle in a neighboring lane moving in front of the controlled vehicle. One system predicts a lane change up to five seconds before it occurs.

Mobility vehicles with adaptive light control

Adaptive light control — also called advanced front lighting system, or AFS — optimizes the mobility van headlight beam in response to such variable driving factors as vehicular steering, suspension dynamics, ambient weather, visibility conditions, vehicle speed, and road curvature and contour.

Rather than the mechanical linkages employed in earlier directional-headlamp systems, AFS relies on electronic sensors, transducers, and actuators. Other AFS techniques include special auxiliary optical systems within a vehicle’s headlamp housings. These auxiliary systems may be switched on and off as the vehicle and operating conditions call for light or darkness at the angles covered by the beam the auxiliary optics produce. A typical mobility van system measures steering angle and vehicle speed to swivel the headlamps.

Adaptive systems

Adaptive systems recognize traffic signs and respond accordingly.

Mobility vans with traffic sign recognition

Traffic sign recognition enables mobility vans to recognize various traffic signs and signals throughout the course of travel and engage and react, based on those visible instructions. It uses image processing to detect various road signs based on colors, shapes, and learning.

Traffic signs can be analyzed using forward facing cameras in many of the modern cars, mobility vehicles, and trucks. One of the basic use case of a traffic sign recognition system in the speed limit. Most of the GPS data would procure speed information, but additional speed limit traffic signs can also be used to extract information and display it on the dashboard of the car to alert the driver about the road sign.

AMS Vans offers you the very latest in hi-tech accessible vehicles and adaptable mobility equipment. Choose the best brands and newest models of everything from wheelchair lifts to hand controls to pedal extensions and more.

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America’s Mobility Superstore is a national wheelchair accessible van dealer and manufacturer with a mission to deliver the industry’s best wheelchair accessible vans and adapted mobility equipment that meets the unique needs of our specially-abled customers at a price they can afford. With over 20 years of dedicated service to helping thousands of amazing people realize true mobility freedom, the AMS Vans nationwide family is growing every day.