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GPS Technology Helps the Disabled

2006-03-02

March 02, 2006, Press Dispensary. Many disabled people rely solely on electronic mobility scooters and wheelchairs to go out and about. Frequently, disabled people are unsure how far they can venture; worried that the battery life might be insufficient, leaving them stranded somewhere. Globalpositioningsystems.co.uk (http://www.globalpositioningsystems.co.uk), a specialist retail website for GPS technology, is helping disabled people overcome this issue with GPS systems that mount neatly on to mobility scooters and wheelchairs and calculate important journey factors.

Simon Pitts, managing director of Globalpositioningsystems.co.uk, explains: 'It is generally clear to a disabled person how far, in miles, their scooter will run on full charge. However, it?s difficult for them to know how many miles they are travelling at any time. A GPS system can easily provide this information, as well as offering further features that help a disabled user feel at ease on their journey.'

Many factors can determine how long an electronic mobility scooter battery can last: such as user?s weight, the gradient of the journey and the speed at which it's travelling. A GPS system helps by calculating the precise speed, distance travelled, estimated time of arrival and much more, meaning a reasonably accurate estimate of remaining battery life can be made.

Mr John Hall, a disabled customer of Globalpositioningsystems.co.uk, comments: 'The Garmin GPS unit I recently purchased has taken an enormous weight off my mind, as I no longer have to worry about going too far and running out of battery power. This would be a horrible scenario for someone with my leg problem.'

Hand-held GPS systems can navigate people on just about any terrain ? whether they?re hiking up a mountain, cycling in the countryside or simply travelling by car. So, although these devices aren?t specifically designed for use on a motorised scooter, their flexibility makes this both logical and possible. 'It almost seems as if this GPS unit was tailor made for my scooter. It can be attached to the handlebar in minutes and is highly manoeuvrable, so it can be positioned just where I want it,' says Mr John Hall.

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Notes for editors
YooNoo Ltd was established in 1999 and operates from purpose built offices based in North Yorkshire. The company specialises in the sale of consumer
electronics products through several retail websites. Please see:
http://www.globalpositioningsystems.co.uk
http://www.shiroi.co.uk
http://www.goaudio.co.uk

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