Vehicle adaptation in the spotlight at the International Motor Show in Geneva
Accessibility took centre stage at the International Motor Show in Geneva when Autoadapt together with its Swiss dealer Haueter AG premiered a wheelchair accessible Volkswagen Amarok in Hall 6 right next to the stands of Volvo, Citroën and Mercedes.
Accessibility solutions are often associated with driving the wheelchair into a van model vehicle. With the swivel seat Turny, that swivels out and lowers down outside the car to facilitate transfer from the wheelchair, it is also possible to adapt passenger cars.
"An adapted vehicle is of great significance as it increases independence for people with disabilities. Instead of just settling for a practical means of transport you want to be able to choose your car according to taste. The Turny Evo swivel seat on the driver's side enables adaptation of car segments previously unthinkable for drivers seated in a wheelchair." says Peter Wahlsten Vice President at Autoadapt regarding the adapted Volkswagen Amarok.
In addition to the Turny Evo seat lift the car is fully equipped for disabled drivers with hand controls for the gas and brake and a wheelchair hoist.
The single largest order in the history of vehicle adaptation
Autoadapt recently received an order for over 3 000 Braun wheelchair lifts worth 6.5 million USD from the Saudi Arabian company Skan International Co Ltd.
The lifts will be installed in Ford vans and donated as gifts to individuals and various organisations by the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia.
"Entering into the business of vehicle adaptation comes with a lot of responsibility. By working together with industry leader Autoadapt from Sweden, we can ensure our end users receive safe and reliable products as well as support from experienced professionals. I see this as the beginning of a long standing cooperation between our two companies." says Mr. Khaled Bin Saeed of Skan International Co Ltd.
A first delivery of the wheelchair lifts has already been shipped and the last shipment is scheduled for delivery during June 2013. The order is the largest in the history of vehicle adaptation.
In an interview with one of the largest newspapers in Sweden Autoadapts’ Executive Vice President Peter Wahlsten was asked the question: “What’s your thought on doing business with a dictatorship like Saudi Arabia?” to which Peter Wahsten replied: "Our business is to provide aids for people with limited mobility; we don’t see a limitation in whether they live in a country viewed as a dictatorship or whatever it might be. If anyone chooses to finance something that helps people live a more free and independent life we think it’s the right thing to do."
In the vehicle adaptation workshop
A Volkswagen Tiguan 2012 with a custom painted Braun Chair Topper and Carospeed E hand controls.
The Braun Chair Topper is an adaptation solution that facilitates stowing a folding wheelchair. The roofbox opens sideways which makes it suitable for use in garages with low ceiling height.