Cars for Toddlers Who Can't Walk

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Kids usually have to wait until they’re 16 to drive a car, but Doctor Cole Galloway, a professor from the University of Delaware is working on a project to build cars for toddler age children who are disabled and can’t walk.

Kids usually have to wait until they’re 16 to drive a car, but Doctor Cole Galloway, a professor from the University of Delaware is working on a project to build cars for toddler age children who are disabled and can’t walk.

By taking commercially available toy cars for kids like the Barbie Jeep and modifying them to have enhanced safety features, and to fit the child’s individual physical needs, Galloway has come up with a way to provide independent mobility for disabled children.

The program, called GoBabyGo is developing a prototype vehicle called Big Blue, after the University of Delaware’s mascot.

The Big Blue vehicle prototype might be completed in a year if the program receives enough funding, and they already have commercial interest from adult mobility scooter companies.

Dr. Galloway said: “The opportunity to couple research funding with a commercial partner ensures that the resulting vehicle will roll out as both a clinically effective and real-world ready mobility option for children and their families.”

Children who can’t walk are often pushed in strollers or picked up, so someone else is controlling where they are able to move, but with the vehicles, these kids will have a new sense of freedom.

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