Indian Auto manufacturers have showcased a failing tendency to produce versions of on going road vehicles that would help disabled people. While with time automatic transmissions have taken the market by storm and are being provided on most of the cars in the market, they might cost a hefty amount . While a new kit in the market can transform your vehicle into a complete IMT(Intelligent Manual Transmission ) for a third of the money you would spend on a automatic.
A recent video over at YouTube by 4tels modification shows how he developed a brilliant vehicle for people with driving disabilities. He transformed a new Tata Tigor into a completely safe vehicle for a disabled peoplw, by installing an aftermarket IMT kit as well as a hand operated brake and accelerator modulator. The car is now totally hand driven with clutch being taken care of by the IMT module which engages and disengages the clutch based on rpm’s as well as a sensor strip installed on the gear lever.
While the car has been transformed for a person with problems in driving manual car, its important to note that since both the controls of the accelerator ,the brakes and the gears are to be operated by hand the driver would have to take his hands of the steering. Taking hands completely off the steering is never a good idea, and can result in accidents hence, this modification is good for small trips, but we wouldn’t advice it in case of daily driving.
The modification although being a little impractical would however prove to be profound for disable persons as it would help them in driving the cars in case of emergencies . This would also help disabled people to move on to cars , as till now majority of disabled drivers use scooters modified according to their needs.
Before modification check with your manufacturer and read the details of terms and conditions of warranty carefully. Drive the vehicle for short distances only a failure of the IMT module could lead to accidents. When getting the modification done choose a proven after market source and be completely sure of the changes made.
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