Worried about your wheelchair ‘sliding’ when you’re on a bus?
One Disabled person, who has no links to the manufacturer, is excited about a new piece of kit that effectively ‘locks’ your wheelchair in place. Read on to find out more.
Having been a wheelchair user for 20 years hands I’m always very interested to see new developments in technology which aim to make life easier for Disabled people. Recently on a trip to Edinburgh I was thrilled to find a new piece of technology called “Quantum” on the tour buses which ensured my wheelchair was held securely in place.
To activate Quantum all I had to do was position myself in the wheelchair bay so I was centred against the backrest and press a button. By pressing the button, I set off the automatic locking sequence. Two side arms descended, gripping my chair’s wheels and locking me into position. The process took less than 25 seconds and other passengers were able to board whilst the locking process was taking place. Whilst the vehicle is in transit, the Quantum arms constantly adjust to gain the best grip so you are held steady for the entire journey. When you arrive at your stop you simply press the button again to release the arms and off you go. There is absolutely no need for the driver to do anything. However, if the wheelchair user cannot press the button themselves the driver can activate it from his driving seat. It is such a simple system to use and makes for a much safer, comfortable journey.
Quantum is designed by the company Q’Straint and is described as the world’s first fully automatic rear facing wheelchair securement station. As well as wheelchairs Quantum also secures most mobility scooters and it quick and easy to use. To find out more visit www.qstraint.com/en-gb/quantum/ or watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RSvCu6D6e8&t=101s .
I’m telling everyone about it because I think it’s great and wish it were on all busses and coaches. Despite how it might come across, I have no links to the company and get not ‘perks’ or payment for promoting it.