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When a person is disabled or physically handicapped, it does not mean that it will stop him from enjoying the joy of driving. Suppose a family member or someone you care about is physically challenged. It's painful to see all the time that they need to depend on someone whenever they need to go out, even for just a ride. How does it feel when the youngsters grow up with some physical deformation, see that all their friends are getting their licenses to drive, but they can't? Well, now you have the answer. It is nothing but a car driven by joysticks.
Why a Joystick Controlled Car is Necessary?
We often see that it becomes impossible for those people to drive who are either without a limb or using prosthetic limbs. To make it easier for them there are cars with joystick control technology. It requires very little movements of hands to drive such vehicles.
A mobility car cannot always serve the requirements of a severely disable person. Moreover, to drive a car, one needs to equally distribute the strength and control of hands and legs on the devices. For a person who is using artificial limbs, it is next to impossible. So, at times it seems useless to obtain a car from the motability scheme.
But if a car is there with just a joystick that requires very little operation on the part of the driver, then no doubt driving is going to be easier and a lot more fun.
What is Required to Build Such a Car?
Building such a car is mostly dependent on the advanced technology.
A sensory device is needed for building the car. The device will detect the blob or the obstacle and give the output to the user. It will detect the obstacle on behalf of the driver, calculate the depth of it and find the widest steering range to avoid it. Thus the driver would be able to drive it with a little effort on his/her part.
Yes, the technology of joystick does not offer only joy. There is a disadvantage too. Joysticks are very sensitive and have tighter range of motion. Though it may sound good, but in practice it causes a little complication too.
Quora spokesperson Michael McWatters points out, joysticks are so very sensitive and just a small tweak is needed it to operate, very unlike the steering wheel. If while driving someone pushes the stick out of panic or by mistake, the result is often dangerous accidents.
The Other Thing You Need to Keep in Mind
While driving, one needs to obtain the pass in their respective states that will provide them the permit to drive and park safely in the spot allotted for them. In the UK, the physically challenged people are provided with a blue badge that enables them to use the proper designated space in the parking lot there. Though there are chances of misuse of such opportunity, but it is essential to keep a track of the facility that you are provided with.
There are some practical advantages of the cars with steering wheels. But the use joysticks has its advantages too. In fact, technology now offers a portable, hand-controlled device that can be installed in various cars. Thus, you won't be dependent on the driver while you are hiring a car. Most of the vehicles of Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, Honda and Toyota can have this hand-controlled device, if required.
Life is sometimes tough for the people who are physically challenged. At least a car with joystick technology can make the daily life a bit easier.
Timothy Kaye, CEO of Premier Plates UK, is fanatic about cars and has tried his hands on various segments of four wheelers for a significant number of years. Sports car thrills him most, and he takes special interest in number plates.