For decades, manual wheelchairs have been the traditional form of transportation for many with mobility issues, but maneuvering a manual wheelchair can put strain on the upper body. To solve this problem, Permobil has developed the SmartDrive MX2+, a portable and lightweight device that can be attached to the back of a wheelchair. SmartDrive provides electrical assistance to reduce shoulder pain and general fatigue. The system is activated with the portable device “SwitchContol” or “PushTracker”. When SmartDrive MX2+ is engaged, momentum gradually increases and once the desired speed is reached, the user taps once on the rim to lock in speed. When the user double taps the rim, the system turns off the motor and allows the user to slow down to a complete stop with their hands as normal. SmartDrive MX2+ is all-electric with a top speed of 8.5 mph. When fully charged, it has a range of 12.3 miles.
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