DAC, or Dynamic Assistance Cart, is a transportation system designed for BC Ferries to assist a growing number of wheelchair passengers to and from the terminal. Once passengers have been collected, the driver will transport passengers to the Lower Car Deck of the vessel where they will be assisted onto the elevator and given a wheelchair if needed. While on the ferry, the DAC will act as a temporary bike storage unit until the ship arrives at the opposite terminal. This process will repeat for the return trip. (Alternatively, this system can also be used as a luggage transportation/storage system)
Key features of the vehicle include incorporated dynamic steering for a safer and smoother transport to and from. As well, regenerative braking is included for generating energy to the existent electric motor so recharge frequency is elongated and the carbon footprint becomes smaller. Finally, roll-down vinyl doors, like those seen on sailboats, are incorporated to protect passengers on the short commute from harsh weather.
Wheelchair-assistance specifcally, the vehicle contains a fold-down ramp for easy accessibility; fold-down chairs to make room for fully-sized wheelchairs, and wheelchair hooks under the fold-down seats to secure wheelchairs in place.
In its capacity, it can accomodate 6 full-sized wheelchairs, 10 seated passengers, and 28 bikes. This system requires one employee as a driver with a class 4 BC Drivers' License.
Credits for the idea generation also goes to Chris Howard, Marina Dunn, and Guangming (Danio) Yang
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