SWEDISH EXPERIENCE IN MODIFYING VEHICLES AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Suitable modified vehicles and personal assistance are often prerequisites for the disabled and elderly to be able to travel. A commonly used means of conveyance is the taxi-cab. Experimental studing have provided guidelines for modification of these vehicles so that people who have difficulty in walking can use them. Volvo's prototype taxi, which can be used by a person confined to a wheelchair, is described. The problems of entry and exit associated with special vehicles for transport of the disabled and the question of safety for people in wheelchairs during travel by these vehicles is discussed in relation to the results of experimental studies in which different models of wheelchairs, anchored in different ways and containing dummies, have been subjected to crash tests. The results of these investigations have been applied in an experimental car, designed by Volvo, which allows transport of two passengers in wheelchairs at the same time in the back seat and one person who has difficulty in walking in the front seat. Measures aimed at making it easier for the elderly and disabled to travel by town buses and long-distance coaches are discussed in relation to various experiments and practical tests. Different types of buses are described and analysed. Development work on designing better wheelchairs with the aim of facilitating travel is discussed. A special wheelchair that can be carried and lifted is described. The back legs of this chair are collapsible, enabling the chair to be placed, with its occupant, on top of car-, bus- or train-seats. /Author/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • From the Proceedings of the International Conference on Transport for the Elderly and the Handicapped, sponsored by the Transportation Research Board, Transport and Road Research Laboratory, England, and the Ministere d'Equipment (Transports) France.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Loughborough University

    Transport Studies Group
    Department of Civil and Building Engineering
    Loughborough, Leicestershire  United Kingdom  LE11 3TU
  • Authors:
    • Brattgard, S O
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1978

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 51-60
  • Monograph Title: MOBILITY FOR THE ELDERLY AND THE HANDICAPPED. PROCEEDINGS OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TRANSPORT FOR THE ELDERLY AND HANDICAPPED AT CAMBRIDGE, APRIL 4-7 1978

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  • Accession Number: 00184900
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 3 1981 12:00AM