Wheelchair users often face problems when they try to get about on motorised transport. Trains and buses are hard to get in and out of and while cars can be adapted the result is often expensive and not necessarily drivable by the wheelchair user themselves.
The Kenguru is an attempt at a single user wheelchair accessible and driveable vehicle. It is an all electric vehicle with a maximum speed of around 25mph that goes a maximum range of around 60 miles on a 8 hour charge.
The vehicle has no conventional doors but when the back opens (remotely) it lets down a ramp which the wheelchair user can go up directly to the controls. The back then closes and the wheelchair is held in place and the Kengru can be driven by controls that look more like a motorbike than car but which are upper body only.
There are obvious questions to be answered as to the vehicles safety in use and whether it can be used with electric wheelchairs – probably not because of the weight – but the idea could be useful for some, particularly in a very urban environment. The transporter is due to cost around $25,000 or just under 15,000 pounds, but there is not a clear release date in the US or UK. They are however taking refundable $100 deposits if you think you are interested in the concept.