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The Scott Driving System is a one-hand driving control system designed to enable quadriplegics, paraplegics, persons with limited or no use of one or more limbs, and persons with other disabilities to perform all driving tasks without assistance, including entering and leaving the vehicle. DRIVING CONTROL SYSTEM: A single lever system combines all actual driving functions. Forward movement of the control column actuates the accelerator. Backward movement applies the brakes. Rotation of the mini-wheel or three- post device steers the vehicle. A maximum force of 6 ounces is required for control. The mini-wheel may be preferred by individuals with finger dexterity; the three-post device may better accommodate the needs of persons without finger or wrist motion. A total rotation of 180 degrees is required with the 3-post device, and either 180 or 270 degrees can be used with the mini-wheel. The three-post device is available in a right- or a left-hand model. STEERING SYSTEM: Steering is accomplished through a closed-loop hydraulic mechanical system. Primary hydraulic power is provided by the engine. An automatic emergency back-up system is provided which is activated in the event of engine failure or any failure in the primary system. The emergency system can also be activated manually. ELECTRICAL CONTROL SYSTEM: An electrical system is provided which brings all of the vehicle's electrical controls to a series of illuminated light- contact push pads on a control panel within easy reach of the driver. Any eight of the controls can be duplicated in the center of the mini-wheel for one-handed operation. Duplication of the controls in other positions as required is also possible. BRAKES: A tandem vacuum-boosted brake system with a separate storage reservoir is provided as a back-up to the vehicle's power brake system. The total fore and aft movement of the control column from full throttle to full brake is approximately seven inches. CHAIR HOLD- DOWN SYSTEM: This system is designed to securely retains the chair and driver. The chair is automatically latched in place when the driver enters the control station and is released by depressing a button on the control panel. The built-in alarm warns the driver if the wheelchair is not in proper position. ENTRY SYSTEMS: An entry package which incorporates an electrically operated wheelchair lift with power door openers is included in the system. Controls are provided outside the vehicle and inside the vehicle both at the lift itself and at the driving station. VEHICLE SPECIFICATIONS: The Ford E-150 van is the standard vehicle for this system. This van has 302 cubic inches and a V-8 engine. Basic equipment required is power steering, power brakes, heavy-duty electrical system, extra cooling, and a handling package. The Ford rear air conditioning or the dual battery system cannot be used. The use of auxiliary fuel tanks will depend on the floor lowering option.
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