Input devices & car modification for handicapped drivers

Simple and ergonomic operation of acceleration, braking and steering

How does your vehicle know what to do? Our high-quality driver input devices make operating your vehicle child’s play, no matter what type of physical limitation or handicap you’re affected by. Even the best input device will only work effectively if it’s easy for you to operate. Your certified driver rehabilitation specialist (CDRS) will work with you to explore and evaluate which driving aids and specific input device is most suitable for your specific needs. That’s why we’ve developed various types of fittings for our adaptive equipment – and it goes without saying that we will modify your vehicle completely in line with your requirements and wishes.

Space Drive Eingabegerät Dreizack
Man driving with drive-by-wire system for disabled drivers
Different Space Drive input devices from joystick to mini steering wheel

Space Drive joystick

The Space Drive joystick is a dynamic and flexible two or four-directional control unit that can be mechanically adjusted for flexible variation. The sensitivity level of the joystick can be configured with a computer, ensuring the adaptive equipment is perfectly aligned with your needs. If you wish, we can integrate our Gear Control feature into the joystick to make it easier for you to select gears in your vehicle.

  • Dual-function and safe to use
  • For two or four-directional control
  • Mechanically adjustable for dynamic and flexible variation
  • Digital parameter settings via PC.
  • Fittings: Stick (optionally with beeper), ball
Space Drive joystick

Space Drive mini steering wheel

At just 15 cm, a handy alternative to a standard steering wheel in your vehicle. It can be adjusted in line with the user’s residual strength and is also completely reliable.

  • A small (15 cm) alternative to a standard steering wheel
  • Electronic (digitally) controlled
  • Adjustable and reliable
  • Fittings: Tri-pin, fork, knobs (available in four sizes)
Space Drive mini steering wheel

Space Drive acceleration/brake lever

A digital lever with controllable power and direction; lightning-quick acceleration and braking responsiveness.

  • Suitable for use by quadriplegics
  • Precisely adjustable driving aid
  • Digital ‘slider’ for acceleration and braking
  • Fittings: Tri-pin, fork, L-slider (optionally with beeper)
Space Drive acceleration/brake lever

Space Drive rotational steering device

Ergonomic wrist control system: It it is possible to set the reset force easily and mechanically without replacing the spring. The device features a precision guide rail and its angle of rotation can be adjusted downwards.

  • Digital steering using the wrist
  • Angle of rotation can be reduced
  • High-quality workmanship with precision guide rails
  • Fittings: Stick (optionally with beeper)
Space Drive rotational steering device

Space Drive Parabolic Steering

Comfortable input device with reduced angle of rotation for digital steering. Ideal for quadriplegics. High-quality precision guide rails for a safe feeling when operating the steering. Simple mechanical adjustment of the restoring force possible without changing the spring.

  • Independent return to the centre position for simplified straight-line driving
  • Digital steering with movements from the shoulder area
  • High-quality workmanship with precision guide rails
  • Fitting: Ball or tri-pin
Space Drive Parabolic Steering

Space Drive foot-operated steering

The modern alternative for people without arms. Space Drive makes driving with your feet as safe as can be. The equipment is installed next to the other pedals in the foot well of your vehicle.

  • Steering with your foot
  • Individual configuration
  • Various fittings available
  • Solution for Contergan patients
Space Drive foot-operated steering

Adaptive equipment and digital driving aids for independent mobility 

At any stage in life we can all be affected by an injury or condition resulting in loss of mobility or function. In many cases it is still possible to drive a vehicle with appropriate modification. Many types of vehicles or vans can be modified with ramps or wheelchair lifts for easy access to the vehicle with a wheelchair. 

Every physical disability requires individual hand controls or adaptive mobility equipment to drive a vehicle. PARAVAN´s drive-by-wire system Space Drive offers different driver input devices which can be programmed and adapted to the individual physical needs of the driver. Together with a driver rehabilitation specialist, for example, the best possible hand controls or input devices for steering, accelerating and braking can be determined during a driver evaluation. PARAVAN offers joystick controls, acceleration/brake levers, rotary or parabolic steering options as well as a mini steering wheel to operate your primary vehicle functions. All adaptive devices can be mounted on the left side or right side of the driver. And if the needs or the physical condition of the driver change in the future, then we can simply adapt or exchange the input device.