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Old 8th February 2007, 15:57   #1
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Default Gravity : A car for special people

It may no longer be an unfulfilled dream of 'special' people to drive their own vehicle. Enabling the disabled to realise their wish are a group of young engineering students who've designed a car that caters specially to the needs of the physically challenged.

The car christened ‘Gravity’ was on show at ‘INNO-HAP’ 2007’, a unique national contest that pitted the skills of second and third year Mechanical Engineering students to design and fabricate cars for the disabled.

Organised by the SRM University’s School of Mechanical Engineering and the Society of Automotive Engineers, more than 80 students from all over India participated in the contest.

‘Gravity’, a creation of students of SRM University in suburban Kattankulathur comes fitted with a single control clutch, brake and reverse-guided system supported by camera and display screen.

It is designed for “people who suffer from disorders of the lower limb,” and tagged at Rs 60,000,” informs Sai Ganesh, a third year student of the SRM University team that participated in the contest.

SRM University officials said that the three top teams would be given an award of Rs 35,000, Rs 20,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively. “Though the theme of INNO-HAP was innovate for physically disabled I look it as 'Innovation Happening', said Southern Railway additional general manager R Ramanathan, who inaugurated the event.

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Old 10th February 2007, 05:28   #2
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Nice move....We should show more concern towards persons who are differently-abled and develop products like these so that they are never pushed off from the mainstream....
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a good effort.....Sadly our country doesnt have too many facilities for the disabled and people arent very sensitive to the whole issue.

Off late I have seen quite a few Kinetics nd Activas modifed with side wheels used by handicapped people and some cars modified as well. I guess this is a good start though a lot more needs to be done

However even if the cars are modified for their use, very few parking lots, malls nd other public spaces are wheelchair or handicap friendly.....something we really need to work on
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