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Products to Assist Drivers
The Carospeed Hand Control allows the user to utilise the accelerator and brakes without the use of their foot. The device ingeniously re-configures the car to be able to be controlled by a control stick, which initiates the accelerator when pulled back and initiates the breaks by pushing forward. The Carospeed Hand Control is also extremely customisable, coming with several different options to best suit your unique needs. Enquire about the Carospeed today to realise the gains to your independence today!
1. CAROSPEED hand control with mechanical transmission:
Carospeed Standard and T denote a universal floor-mounted hand control with mechanical transmission to the accelerator and brake pedals for drivers who cannot use all the car pedals.
Can be installed in most vehicles and the cables are concealed under carpeting and behind panels; no holes need to be drilled.
On modern vehicles, the brake must be depressed when changing gear on an automatic gearbox. Carospeed includes as standard a hill-holder in the handle to facilitate gear changes.
Cruise control is an optional extra and its set function is activated using the same button as the hill-holder.
The product has been developed in conjunction with the disabled and the pedal function has been retained so that there is no risk of accelerating and braking simultaneously. It is ergonomically styled and shaped to fit in with the rest of the car interior. Carospeed is recommended for use with automatic gearboxes.
2. CAROSPEED E hand control with mechanical transmission and integral electrical functions:
Carospeed E and TE have integral electrical functions in the knob or T-handle on the manual control.
Carospeed E and TE are fitted with right and left indicators, windscreen wipers, washers, horn, headlight dipswitch and set function for the cruise control, in the knob or T-handle.
3. CAROSPEED INDICATOR hand control with mechanical transmission and integral indicators:
This is a Carospeed version with a switch for the turn left and turn indicator only. This product is only available in black. The indicator function is activated when the switch is pushed to one side and deactivated when it is return to the center position.
This product is made as an economical alternative to the Carospeed E, for those who can manage without the entire range of electrical features, but still need to be able to indicate a right or left turn. A hill holder and cruise control set function are incorporated into in the handle.
Hand Control adaptive equipment are products that are designed to allow the driver to operate the accelerator and brakes using only their hands. These hand controls are mechanical in nature, being linked to the accelerator and brake pedals using wires linkages and rods. The mechanical motion of pushing and pulling on the hand control will simulate the act of pressing the gas and brake pedals respectively.
Driver hand controls can also come in a variety of different options, allowing you to pick a set up that feels most comfortable to you.
Conventional Method – In this set up, a handle bar located under the steering wheel on the right allows you to accelerate and brake. You can accelerate by pulling the handlebar towards yourself, while braking can be achieved by pushing forward on the handlebar. This solution is the most adaptable to most vehicles and also the most economic one.
Twist Method – This set up attempts to mimic the way in which you would operate a motorbike. For this set up, you twist the handle to accelerate and press it down to break. This method is perfect who prefer a motorbike style of control.
Contact us today to see which method is best for you and your vehicle, and reclaim your independence!
The radial hand control CT12 and the LT12 make the acceleration and the brake controls manual by transferring them from the pedals to the wheel.
The hand control represents a driving solution for drivers with partial or complete lack of functionality to lower limbs and possibly one or both upper limbs.
CT12 is placed parallel to the steering column, on the right or on the left, depending on the driver’s needs; its placement doesn’t obstruct the airbag opening, keeps all the steering wheel regulations and doesn’t alter the view on the dashboard for those who do not use it. The mechanical parts of the device are placed outside the dashboard: in order for them not to be in the way when entering and exiting the car or loading the wheelchair, they’re fixed as close as possible to the lower side of the dashboard.
The hand control has a double function: by pushing the lever toward the dashboard it brakes, while by moving the slider on the handle with the thumb it accelerates.
The hand control is available both by interface and with motor. In the version by interface, which can be installed in most cars with an electronic gas pedal, acceleration with the original pedal can be restored at any moment by a switch placed in a comfortable position for the driver, while in the version with motor the gas pedal remains always active.
In both versions the hand control is equipped with a safety system that annuls the acceleration in case of braking. This system does not activate in case of uphill starts or delicate maneuvers such as parking.
Buttons for auxiliary functions (such as indicators, lights and wipers) can be integrated in the handle, provided that the driver does not prefer to have them grouped in one transmitter on the wheel or displaced in a different way inside the car compartment, depending on the prescription on the driver’s licence. However, horn and hill holder buttons are already integrated in the handle and they can be operated by the same hand using the hand control. To engage the hill holder, just exert a pressure on the lever and press the respective button. To disengage it, just press the lever a bit further down and let go. By pushing the hill holder button when the hand control is in the rest position, you activate the “economizer”: when the device is activated, the power of the car is reduced, which makes it easier to park and to drive in traffic.