Zero Effort Steering

VMi New England Mobility Center

Zero Effort Steering

 

Wheelchair Van Reduced/Zero Steering Controls

Reduced and no effort Advanced Quadriplegic and Paraplegic Driving Controls


We have installed Advanced Driving Controls, or "High-Tech Driving Systems", creating options for wheelchair drivers with higher levels of disability for over 25 years. Our driving controls are truly a custom mobility solution for todays quadriplegic driver. As a result, the key components of these systems are combined, fitted and installed based on an extremely thorough process developed over decades of evaluation, prescriptions and fine-tuning experience.


We have installed quadriplegic assistive driving controls and adaptive mobility devices for individuals with disabilities with more severe higher levels of injury that require more sophisticated types of assistive technology to enable them to drive safely in hundreds of vehicles.


The mobility driving controls and technologies we install have been accepted by the Federal Veterans Administration Agency for sale and distribution throughout the United States.


We are a leading installer of adaptive driving systems in the New England Area. Automotive Innovations offers an electro-mechanical driving system that gives people with disabilities an opportunity to drive.
We believe independence is an important part of life, which is why we strive to build the best Adaptive Mobility vans on the market.


A quad servo driving systems can be installed into almost any vehicle. We can install systems into anything from a Lamborghini to a Ford. We always tailor our driving systems to meet the Independent needs of the individual. Each of our vans is designed for a specific individual and there adaptive mobility equipment needs.


Servo driving systems are designed with our customers in mind. All secondary controls (i.e.. heating, AC, windows) are on touch pads or toggle switch consoles that are within inches of your hands so they are easily accessible. The steering can be a zero effort, reduced-effort or servo steering system. This allows our customers the ability to make turns with very little effort. The Gas and Brake system is also a hand-controlled function, which is built custom for each customer's unique needs.


Automotive Innovations has a long history of providing adaptive vehicle mobility solutions and modifications for quadriplegic drivers.


We install a variety of primary driving control options designed to operate the gas, brake and steering controls of a motor vehicle. In years past, we developed a number of independent driving systems such as the popular Electronic Gas Brake, Servo Steering, and Joystick steering.


Primary driving control system provides low-effort control and mobility solutions for your specific requirements to operate the factory gas, brake, and steering controls. A variety of unique interfaces to the control system are available and can be mounted nearly anywhere in the driver's area of the vehicle. These "input devices," as they are called, have the look and feel of factory driving controls, but are designed specifically for the purpose of maximizing your abilities.


Servo steering and servo gas brake utilizes a sophisticated design to convert your limited mechanical input into the ability to manipulate the factory gas and brake pedals and or the factory steering column. Whether you require just gas and brakes, or just steering, or gas, brakes, and steering, Automotive Innovations Bridgewater, MA has adaptive mobility equipment solutions for you!



Reduced Effort Modifications

Reduced effort steering systems. All the modifications that are done in Bridgewater, MA are used in conjunction with hand controls and other accessible adaptations to reduce the physical strength required to perform the operations of braking and steering. Reduced effort braking and reduced effort steering are modification packages that make the steering wheel or brake pedal easier to turn or push. The level of assistance or "reduced-effort" is adjusted to the level prescribed by the driver rehabilitation specialist, based on the strength of the driver.



Reduced Effort Steering

Reduced Effort Steering modification to steering boxes and steering racks are available for most all American vans and most cars with factory power steering. Standard factory power steering requires approximately 40 ounces of effort to operate. Steering modifications can reduce the required effort to 20-24 ounces (low effort) or 6-8 ounces (no effort). (These statistics will vary depending on model of car and tire size)


Reduced effort steering modification reduces the amount of effort it takes to move a steering wheel. There is low effort to no effort available depending on the model of car and tire size.


Low effort and no effort braking modifications significantly reduces the required pressure needed to press down on a pedal to brake.



Backup Steering Systems

Emergency power assisted steering if factory power steering system fails. Test circuits are provided which enable customers to check system prior to driving. Audio and visual alarms alert driver to factory power steering failure--backup system instantaneously activates. Does not require low or no effort steering modification.


Custom Steering Column Extensions

We install custom steering systems, columns, and extensions.



Foot Steering Systems

For those customers without arms or the use of them, the foot steering system is usually combined with sensitized steering and adaptations for other dash controls. Automotive Innovations understands that most items concerning foot controlled steering need to be customized and built to and individuals specific needs.


Automotive Innovations Bridgewater, MA can install your custom foot steering system. Call us today 508-697-6006 and speak with one of our mobility experts.  We recommend mid- to full-sized American cars and some minivans for this modification.



Servo Hand Controls

Gas Brake Hand Controls in the advanced driving aid category are of course more advanced and are typically for individuals with very limited mobility and strength for operating a vehicle. A slight touch of various adaptive devices allow the car to accelerate and brake with ease.


Electric Gas and Brakes are operated from an electric servo in the form of a joystick, Tri-Pin or lever input device. Individuals can then use their hands to control their speed and to brake.



Servo Steering Controls

Servo steering allows the steering control to be located almost anywhere to assist the operator and can be fitted with a miniature or small steering wheel.



Horizontal Steering Systems

Horizontal Steering System accommodates a limited range of motion when the driver cannot use a conventional steering wheel.


The horizontal steering system is customized to meet the needs of those with high-level spinal cord injuries and all others who experience limited arm strength and range of motion. It is usually used in conjunction with our servo hand controls.

 

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VMi New England Mobility Center Automotive Innovations, Inc. makes every effort to ensure that our information on this website is accurate and true. However, Automotive Innovations, Inc. cannot be held responsible for inaccurate information provided by outside sources. Please verify all equipment, price and options before purchase. Vehicle availability is subject to prior sale.

Are you looking for a place to buy, repair and/or service your zero effort steering system? We can help call us to schedule an appointment today!

Over the past 25+ years we’ve been servicing and installing zero effort steering systems into vehicles. So if you’re in need of hand controls, a zero effort steering system, left foot gas pedals or any other device that will offer you greater freedom and independence bring your Accessible van to us today no matter the year or model.

VMi New England Mobility Center Automotive Innovations is a one stop shop located in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. We provide our customers with access to the custom fitment, service and repair of all the leading mobility wheelchair accessible vehicles.

All of our new and used mobility vans offer tie downs and other important safety features as well as the ability to be easily upgraded with EZ Locks and other equipment.

We carry many brand names such as Toyota, HondaFord, and Chrysler/Dodge. We keep a selection of new and used vehicles in stock, we also accept trade in vehicles as well.

We will accept virtually all non-modified vehicles that are preferably under 10 years old with odometers at 100,000 miles or less. You can also trade in a converted mobility vehicle from Braun, VMI, Rollx, and, even a AMS converted handicap vans.

We are a member of the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association.

We understand that every one person’s needs and desires are different. Contact us today for a demonstration on what our vehicles and equipment can offer to help make your life more mobile and convenient.

Our Certified Mobility Consultants will be happy to answer all of your steering system questions and will gladly take the time to discuss the handicapped accessible vehicles and options that you feel might be the best fit to meet and fulfill your mobility needs. We will even come to you, demonstrating our vehicles at your home or place of work.