The patent application describes an automotive control system for use by handicapped drivers who have lost the functional mobility of the lower extremities. A second wheel concentric with the steering wheel is added such that it is reachable by either the thumb or fingertips when hands are on a steering wheel in normal driving fashion. Movement of this second control wheel in a direction away from the driver actuates the automotive braking system through an electro-hydraulic servo system. Pulling the second wheel towards the driver actuates the throttle of the automobile through a similar servo system. The brake and throttle servos interface with existing automotive control systems such that little additional 'add on' mechanisms are necessary.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This Government-owned invention available for U.S. licensing and, possibly, for foreign licensing. Copy of application available NTIS.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Department of Health, Education and Welfare

    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Reichenberger, A J
  • Publication Date: 1976-8-16

Media Info

  • Pagination: 10 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00150542
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DHEW-VA-7-75 Patent App, PAT-APPL-714685
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 30 1977 12:00AM