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with citroën ‘ami for all’, individuals with diminished lower-limb mobility can drive on their very own


Citroën Ami for All improves driving accessibility

 

Citroën presents the Ami for All idea automobile, an electrical automobile whose automobile design permits individuals with diminished lower-limb mobility and wheelchair customers to drive on their very own. The brand new addition to the household falls in keeping with Citroën’s buggy idea, Ami One which 16-year-olds can drive with out a driver’s license, and the tiny ‘subscription’ EV that prices 22 USD a month. The prototype is designed to be pushed by individuals with disabilities who not have the usage of a minimum of one decrease limb, notably these in wheelchairs.

 

The revamped automobile design permits accessibility by rising the door opening angle for higher and wider driver and wheelchair entry; including assistive gear equivalent to onboard straps so the motive force can simply switch themselves from their wheelchair to their seat u switch from wheelchair to seat; putting in mechanical and guide management for accelerating and braking; utilizing a easy push-and-pull lever to manage the brake and gasoline pedals; and inserting a knob on the steering wheel to make driving simpler.

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photographs courtesy of Citroën

 

 

New options put in for ‘ami for all’

 

Citroën Ami for All has a large door that opens on the other aspect of the motive force’s seat, and the door hinge angle has been elevated to permit wheelchair customers to put their assistive machine parallel to the automobile’s threshold as soon as the motive force’s door is open. A detachable shelf is unfolded to assist switch the particular person from the wheelchair into the automobile independently.

 

There’s a strap mounted to the highest of the inside door body to help in shifting from the wheelchair to the motive force’s seat, which solely takes a couple of minutes. As soon as contained in the automobile, the motive force can simply grip the steering wheel, which has a knob for higher dealing with. As a substitute of conventional pedals, there’s a easy push-or-pull lever for guide management of the accelerator and brake pedal (the common pedals are nonetheless practical if wanted).

 

There are two choices for transporting the wheelchair. It may be positioned within the passenger compartment the place the motive force can safe it within the footwell utilizing a specifically designed strap. If there’s a passenger, the wheelchair could be hung on the rear of the automobile utilizing an aluminum baggage rack and could be coated with a protecting tarpaulin.

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there’s a strap mounted to the highest of the inside door body to help in shifting from wheelchair to driver’s seat

 

 

Citroën makes charging straightforward for the motive force

 

Citroën Ami for All – co-developed with PIMAS, an knowledgeable within the conversion of autos for Individuals with Lowered Mobility – is small and simple to park, and there may be sufficient house round it for each the motive force and their wheelchair. Its top is satisfactory sufficient to be sure that the motive force finds it straightforward to duck and slip inside with ease. 

 

Citroën Ami for All can go as much as 45km/h, and its battery can final for 75km, sufficient for on a regular basis use. Its 5.5 kWh lithium-ion battery is positioned underneath the ground, and could be simply recharged utilizing the onboard electrical cable discovered within the passenger-side doorway. As soon as the cable is plugged, Citroën claims that it solely takes lower than 4 hours to totally cost utilizing an everyday 220-voltage socket.

citroën ami for all wheelchair
Citroën Ami for All has a large door that opens on the other aspect of the motive force’s seat

 

 

The origin of Citroën ‘Ami for All’

 

This venture originated in Stellantis’ Star*up program the place its staff can share their venture concepts. If their concept is chosen, they get the prospect to be a part of a enterprise accelerator program, the place their concepts can grow to be a actuality. This was the method that Christophe Lapeyre, the particular person behind Citroën Ami for All, went via.

 

He bought this concept after seeing college students at his stepson’s highschool who relied on specialised autos for transportation, whereas their classmates loved extra freedom. Together with the social challenges, discovering technical and industrial options was an thrilling process. Christophe discovered a sponsor and help from Citroën immediately. They believed in him and helped him develop the venture for Citroën Ami for All.

citroën ami for all wheelchair
the wheelchair could be positioned within the passenger compartment the place the motive force can safe it within the footwell

citroën ami for all wheelchair
there’s a specifically designed strap to safe the wheelchair

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