Rebecca Barnes and Benjamin Guirakhoo

Over 6.8 million American residents rely on assistive devices to help them with their mobility and 1.7 million of which, use wheelchairs or scooter rides. The loss of mobility in ones legs can be due to multiple disabilities such as spinal cord injuries or medical amputations. Losing the ability to walk not only limits what you can do, but also the freedom of where you can go. It is physically impossible for a paraplegic to operate a normal vehicle due to the inability to use the gas and break, as well as the struggle of moving in and out of their wheelchair in order to move into the car’s seat. 

Today, there are vehicles that are handicapped accessible, however, those that are still require assistance from an outside party to assist them while getting in the vehicle, and they also do not take into account where they will put their wheelchair that they are moving out of. The HandiCarpt is the vehicle we designed to give paraplegic the freedom to drive a car and increase their opportunities to reach their desired destination without needing assistance from an outside party, or even having to leave their wheelchair. 

This vehicle is equipped with an automatic telescoping ramp, so the person can easily roll into the back of their vehicle; a manually adjustable platform in front of the steering wheel which fastens tightly and securely, so that the person’s can safely drive while in their wheelchair; a headrest that automatically comes down from the top of the car and fasten to the top of the wheelchair for head and neck support; and  a yoke-style steering wheel, so the person can control the acceleration by pulling it toward them and deceleration by pushing it forward, this is also a safe feature because it allows the driver to maintain a consistent acceleration by only turning the yoke 90 degrees to the right and left. 

The HandiCapt is a safe way for paraplegics to travel on the roads as they please. Adjusting to all types of people and their wheelchairs, this product, like no other, expands the opportunities of transportation for those who's lives are limited and turns the “I can’t” into an “I can”.