Vauxhall car fitted with mobility aids, United Kingdom, 1990-2005

Made:
1990-2005 in Ellesmere Port
maker:
Vauxhall Motors

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Double-headed' Vauxhall Astra for demonstrating a range of working mobility aids to assist disabled drivers gain
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Double-headed' Vauxhall Astra for demonstrating a range of working mobility aids to assist disabled drivers gain
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Double-headed' Vauxhall Astra for demonstrating a range of working mobility aids to assist disabled drivers gain
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

‘Double-headed' Vauxhall Astra for demonstrating a range of working mobility aids to assist disabled drivers gain access to, as well as exit, a motor vehicle. Constructed at Vauxhall Motors Ellesmere Port plant c1990-1991, and subsequently fitted with a number of different aids, occasionally updated, for demonstrations and driver assessments until 2005 at the Department of Transport's Mobility Advice and Vehicle Information Service (M.A.V.I.S.) at Crowthorne, Berkshire, England, 1991-2005.

This curious ‘double-fronted’ Vauxhall Astra is equipped with mobility aids to help disabled drivers. The Department of Transport’s Mobility Advice and Information Service (MAVIS) used it to demonstrate assistive technology and assess a driver’s needs. The technologies were occasionally updated and could be installed in different combinations suited to the driver. They were mainly involved in helping the driver to enter, exit and drive the vehicle.

Details

Category:
Orthopaedics
Object Number:
2006-151
type:
car
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • vehicle - transportation
  • land vehicle
  • passenger vehicle
credit:
The Mobility Advice and Vehicle Information Service.

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