No assignee for this patent application has been made.
Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Theme or amusement parks have become increasingly popular. The ride attractions in such theme or amusement parks typically involve vehicles such as roller coaster type cars, rail cars, automobile type cars and the like which move along enclosed or continuous loop paths either on their own wheels or on a subcarriage or other support. Water ride attractions similarly have water vehicles, for example boats, submarines or flume vehicles moving through a water filled channel or flume path. In general, the vehicles in these types of ride attractions have seats for several passengers. The passengers step into the vehicle to seat themselves. At the end of the ride, the passengers similarly step or climb out of the vehicle.
"In order to obtain access to the seats for such rides, the passengers must be able to walk, step up, step down or to one side with at least a nominal level of agility. As a result, the disabled persons are largely prevented from enjoying these types of theme park ride attractions. Wheel chair users and others having limited mobility while increasingly gaining access to public and private buildings, transportation systems and other facilities remain virtually excluded from most if not all of the premier attractions at amusement and theme parks.
"In addition to the foregoing, when a disabled person such as a paraplegic is to receive physical therapy, such is generally provided either by placing the individual on a table or placing the individual on a mat on the floor. Typically in order to have the disabled person transported from the wheel chair to the table or the mat, the physical therapist must lift the disabled person from the wheel chair onto the table or onto the mat. This typically is very difficult for the physical therapist and in many instances the physical therapist does not have the strength to accomplish this and in any event the disabled person is ill at ease by such movement.
"As a result of the foregoing, there is a need for a transfer accessible vehicle which will allow the disabled person in a wheelchair to be positioned such that the person may maneuver themselves from the wheel chair onto such a transfer accessible vehicle and from the transfer accessible vehicle onto a seat in a ride in a theme or amusement park or alternatively to a table or mat where a physical therapist may provide the physical therapy."
In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "A transfer accessible vehicle for a disabled person such as a paraplegic which includes an electrically powered self-propelled vehicle having a chassis, drive wheels, a steering wheel, a control module operable by an attendant and a fixed frame secured to the chassis, a lifting frame carried by the fixed frame, a chair mount secured to the lifting frame, a chair secured to the chair mount and means for vertically moving the lifting frame to position the chair at wheel chair height and subsequently at a height where the disabled person can transfer from the chair to the desired destination.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
"FIG. 1 is a schematic elevational view of the vehicle of the present invention where the chair is mounted at wheelchair height;
"FIG. 2 is a right side elevational view showing the vehicle of the present invention with the chair in the lowered position;
"FIG. 3 is a right side elevational view of the vehicle of the present invention with the chair in the elevated position;
"FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the vehicle with the chair and other items removed for clarity of illustration;
"FIG. 4A is a perspective view of a lead screw assembly;
"FIG. 5 is a view looking up from the bottom showing the chair in a normal position;
"FIG. 6 is a view looking up from the bottom showing the chair rotated 45.degree.;
"FIG. 7 is a view like that of FIG. 1 but providing cross sections taken about lines D-D and E-E;
"FIG. 8 is a view taken about the lines D-D of FIG. 7;
"FIG. 9 is a view taken about the lines E-E of FIG. 7;
"FIG. 10 is a schematic perspective view showing the controls for the vehicle of the preset invention;
"FIG. 11 is an alternative arrangement of the vehicle of the present invention;
"FIG. 12 is a right side view of an alternative embodiment of the vehicle of the present invention."
For more information, see this patent application: ROBBINS,
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