People who are paralyzed at a high cervical level or who cannot use their arms for another reason may soon benefit from a promising development that could open up the world of driving for them. The breakthrough is the result of an effort by Arrow Electronics to develop a system that would allow quadriplegics to control all aspects of driving using only their heads. The result is the SAM Car, which stands for Semi-Autonomous Motorcar.
Arrow Electronics’ vision went beyond the basic operation of a car. The company wanted a system that could control a car in all driving situations, including in traffic, on winding roads and even at extremely high speeds. They believed that speed was important in order to show the safety of the system, as well as to generate interest in the project and momentum for future applications.