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- Apr 7, 2022
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For someone mobility challenged, the potential to get in your FSD vehicle by yourself, have it take you to a destination, and get out by yourself can be life changing.Maybe you should start a thread dedicated to mobility challenged vehicle access to discuss in more detail.
Lets discuss what it will take for Tesla to build the first vehicle equally accessible to abled and disabled solo operators.
Cybertruck will include Full Self Driving, a power deployable ramp, suspension kneeling, possibly a midgate to allow access between bed and cab.
Walkers are easily stowed in the back seat. Loose canes in the center might be a hazard to the touchscreen. Suspension lowering and running boards ought to help anyone ambulatory into the cab.
When I saw the introduction, especially the Cyberquad portion, I imagined driving my wheelchair up that ramp,
plugging chair in to charge while on the road,
lowering a midgate, slipping out of my wheelchair and into the back seat,
using a rear seat screen or voice recognition to activate FSD to take me to a destination,
somehow being pulled back into my wheelchair,
driving down the ramp and going about my day.
What would it take to make that happen?
Reduce steepness of ramp by extending ramp length and/or kneel suspension lower,
or provide a winch to pull and guide occupied wheelchair up the existing ramp without going over backwards,
or replace the ramp with a tailgate lift. Like a Tommy gate. Might be useful option for loading anything.
Bed wheelchair securement.
A rear seat delete option.
A rear seat screen option,
or FSD voice activation,
or a cable to connect Cybertruck to wheelchair joystick and automatically activate FSD mode.
FSD activation and use without yoke and pedal,
or a rear seat yoke and pedals,
or driver seat delete.
Something to aid the transfer from wheelchair to cab and back,
like a detachable wheelchair seat and conveyor track,
or a small ramp to roll from bed right up to the yoke and pedals.
Choose the route of several new wheelchair accessible pickup trucks where the entire driver's side of the cab comes off on actuators. A lift raises the driver, in his chair, right into the driver's position. I've not seen one of these up close yet. Does Cybertruck have enough clearance for that approach?
Can Cybertruck's B pillar be made removable?
Wheelchair accessible vans often employ a lowered floor or a raised body to allow headroom for people in wheelchairs that sit higher than OEM seats. A preferred option for many, would be a wheelchair that can sit lower, fitting under the steering wheel/yoke, or low tables. This isn't usually possible because the monolithic lead acid batteries occupy the space needed for a lower mechanism. 18650, 2170, or 4680 cells could be distributed around the mechanism, but no wheelchair manufacturers do that. Almost all still use lead acid only. We would be happy for Tesla to revolutionize that electric vehicle sector too. Rehab power wheelchairs are often priced around $30k or $45k for models which can stand the user up.
The obvious solution to Cybertruck's challenges is to just wait for Cybervan. Lets talk about that too. What features should Cybervan have?