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Cars are getting smaller, and harder for
older folks to get out of.
I would like to see a car door with a
ratcheting mechanism in the door that
would allow the door to be opened, but
not closed. Then you could pull yourself
out of the car by the door frame.
Then you could hit the button
releases the mechanism, allowing you to
close the door.
The car could have two handles, one for
regular door, and one for RatchetDoor.
And you could put a bunch of handles on
the inside of the door.
Also there needs to be an electric
wheelchair with hub motors that will fold
like a manual wheelchair, so that it's all
skinny. Then you could pull out the back
seat and keep it back there.
Cars are getting heavier, and larger in general. [Noexit, Oct 30 2007]
||I think I've even thought of a wheelchair like that before... I'm pretty sure I did.
||You should post the wheelchair as it's own idea (before I claim it.).
||One thing, though. Cars aren't getting smaller, they're getting bigger. They're also getting denser, i.e. they are getting heavier for their size. There is nothing remarkable these days about a hatchback runabout the size of a '70's Mercedes and which weighs as much as a '58 Buick. Go and look at the specifications. How can they call anything that weighs 1200kg a Mini?
||But: doors are getting thicker. There is a zone between the outer and inner surfaces of a car, which is not freely accessible to its ostensible owner, and where electric motors make their homes in nests of wiring. Safety considerations have moreover apparently required the incorporation of bulky concrete girders in the vehicle structure. As a consequence there is hardly any room left over for door openings.
||The ratchet could store energy which when released gives the engine a kick start so you can get away faster 'at the lights'.
||Cars are getting bigger, but people are getting bigger faster.
||//You should post the wheelchair as it's own idea (before I claim it.)//
||//where electric motors make their homes in nests of wiring// Awwww, cyuuute