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Innovation: Device That Allows Disabled to Drive With One Hand

by Kathy Jones on  June 26, 2011 at 1:17 PM Research News   - G J E 4
A device that lets a driver steer, accelerate, change gears and brake with just one hand, has been developed by a team of Spanish researchers.

Developed by Asociacion RUVID, a consortium of five Spanish research institutes and companies, the prototype is completely electronic.
 Innovation: Device That Allows Disabled to Drive With One Hand
Innovation: Device That Allows Disabled to Drive With One Hand
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Having no mechanics involved helps those who may have reduced strength in the device-operating hand.

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As well, motors in the device are used to simulate the haptic feedback and sensations of a traditional, mechanical steering wheel.

"When designing a new system we wanted to eliminate our concept of the mechanical technology and implement technology based on electronics, which offers more versatile solutions," Discovery News quoted team leader Jose Solaz as saying in an RUVID news release.

The prototype was recently presented during the 13th EAEC European Automotive Congress in Valencia, Spain.

Source: ANI
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