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New "spider car" offers disabled access


New "spider car" offers disabled access

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A new electric car equipped with four arms that move independently allowing it to tackle the toughest off-road terrain is set to hit the market.

Known as the “spider car”, the Swincar is made in southern France and will go into production at the end of October. Its makers say it can navigate slopes with an inclination of up to 70%.

“This is an entirely electrical vehicle, compared to the vast majority of quad bikes that have combustion engines – so there is no air or noise pollution with the Swincar. And it can handle extreme terrain, which means you can do things with the Swincar that you can’t do with vehicles with ordinary kinematics,” says Thierry Jammes, of Mecanroc, the company that produces the Swincar.

Swincar’s agility is made possible by each wheel having independent motors and suspension. This means the body of the car remains vertical and the driver upright even on steep slopes.

The vehicle, which can reach a maximum speed of 30 to 40 km/h, can be assembled easily and adapted to the driver’s size.

“It is particularly interesting for disabled people, because it can be adapted,” explains Thierry Jammes. “This means people with reduced mobility can access the vehicle because the arms on either side, which the wheels are attached to, can open up to allow wheelchair access.”

So far, the majority of orders have come from North America for recreational use. Its makers are planning to develop variations of the “spider car” to be used in industries such as defence, civil security, agriculture and farming.

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