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A Polaris RZR 4x4 modified with electronic mobility controls has been sent into outback NSW

Relaxing by the campfire after taking the Polaris for a rigorous test drive

The owner of this Polaris RZR 4x4 was assessed by PME and its Space Drive team to enable him to operate his vehicle with electronic mobility controls. Following the assessment we custom configured his vehicle with 6 inch mini-wheel for steering which is operated with the left hand and a two way accelerator and brake lever operated with the right hand. The whole system was fitted to the passenger side of the vehicle which still allowed for able-bodied persons to operate the Polaris in it's standard configuration. The whole engineering process for this conversion was quite a challenge. We are happy to advise that the owner is now using the vehicle as his mobility tool to access the family's property of 160000 acres located in outback NSW. You could imagine how a machine like this would impact on his life in such a big area. Everyone that was involved in this conversion wishes the owner all the best and happy motoring with his new wheels.  

The vehicle was taken out for a rigorous test drive and it performed fantastically. Check it out in the video below. 
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Posted: Tuesday 4th May, 2010

   

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Anthony, sports car fan and paraplegic, has allegedly been turned away from a cruise event due to his disability

Anthony and his HSV Maloo with Accelerator Ring

Anthony came to us after becoming paraplegic in a dirt bike accident in 2008. We installed an accelerator ring and custom brake hand assisted driving control system on his HSV V8 Maloo ute which was later supercharged. These are the same controls PME installed on racing legend, Win Percy's Jaguar XF, which he raced while he was in Australia. Anthony breezed through his training and assessments and received his driver’s license.

On 28th February 2010 he attended a motor vehicle cruise event ‘Powercruise’ for the purpose of entering the event as a driver. The conditions of entry are that “All drivers must be minimum of 18 years of age”, “hold a current drivers licence” and “Entered vehicles must be road registered, unregistered vehicles at Promoter’s discretion”. His vehicle is registered and engineered. 

Anthony, however, was apparently refused a place in the event due to his use of hand controls. This was allegedly due to an accident in Darwin involving a paraplegic using hand controls. Anthony later called the promoter to discuss options for next year’s event and was met with alleged yelling and abuse. The conclusion made from this conversation was that apparently nothing would change for next year’s event and that users of hand controls would continue to be barred.

Win Percy's Jaguar XF with Accelerator Ring hand controls

Understandably, Anthony is unhappy with how he was treated considering the expense, time and effort put into attending this event only to be turned away apparently without the promoter even talking with him or viewing his vehicle. Also understandable is the promoter’s right to discretion and his unwillingness to take further risk upon himself when he doesn’t even understand the controls that Anthony is using.

This is a matter of equal rights however and, as Anthony has proven himself a capable driver in the same way as every other driver on the day by having his driver’s license, it does not seem fair that he has allegedly been discriminated against because of his disability.

Please ensure that if you do plan to attend similar events, you call event organizers prior to the day to make sure that you will be allowed to participate and so that they can make any necessary arrangements for you.

Anthony has taken his case to the Australian Human Rights Commission. If you would like to show your support for Anthony, join his Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=10150114196980179&ref=ts

 

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Posted: Tuesday 16th March, 2010

   

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After this Can-am Spyder was modified by PME, the owner decided that it needed some second stage modifications to take its killer looks and performance to the next level. 

The transformer themed Can-Am Spyder Anthony came out to the workshop today to give us a look at his now fully custom Can-am Spyder. Despite its flash new paint job, we heard this beast coming before we saw it thanks to its new exhaust system that releases the full rumble of the v-twin engine. When we did see it, however, we were blown away. 

The paint job has a transformers theme modelled from Optimus Prime, the leader of the Autobots in the movie. It features red and blue flames and plenty of other airbrushing to realistically simulate vents, fins and other radical styling taken from the giant robot. This Spyder also features new wheels and handle grips to finish off the custom look. The cnc machined brake lever and footplates we installed still fit in quite well with the bike's styling despite all these changes. 

You really have to see this one of a kind vehicle for yourself. View the gallery for pictures of Anthony's wild Can-am Spyder.

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Posted: Wednesday 26th August, 2009

   

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On Monday 23rd of November, PME ran an event at our factory on ‘Driving with a Disability’.

Modified vehicles on display

Guests on the day included representatives from the ACT, VIC, SA and NSW Roads and Traffic Authorities; OTs; Rehabilitation centres; Driving Instructors; Insurance Companies; Lifetime Care and Support and TAC.

The focus of the day was on bringing these organisations together and fostering stronger relationships, with an understanding of the process a person with a physical challenge has to go through to drive a vehicle. The day also was also educational, explaining various vehicle modifications including the relatively new to Australia electronic driving controls. 

Presentations on Driving with a DisabilityThere were several speakers on the day. Rolf Gramenske from Paravan in Germany spoke about their Space Drive electronic mobility control systems. Greg Kileen from Spinal Cord Injuries Australia spoke about their work, the importance of access to transport and the funding of vehicle modifications, and introduced Tony Varral who gave his personal story. Jorge Montano of JC Montano Engineering Consultants covered ADRs in relation to driving with a disability. Occupational therapist and Space Drive specialist, Tom Eley spoke about his role and the process involved in assessing and training for electronic mobility controls. Wendy Chandran spoke on behalf of Royal Rehabilitation about the centre and on the assessment and referral process. Rob De Vries and John Vrdoljak from Capital Special Vehicles spoke about modifying vehicles for wheelchair access, in particular the VW Transporter. Bill Georgas, owner and manager of PME spoke about what PME do and the different vehicle modifications available to the physically challenged. 

Present on the day were past clients of PME and their modified vehicles. This gave the guests a chance to meet these people and see for themselves, not only how the modified vehicles operate, but also, how life changing they are for their owners.

Vehicles on display on the day included Gavin’s twin-turbo BMW with Foot Steer, Peter’s Space Drive Chrysler Voyager, Paul’s T5 with Accelerator-Brake lever, Allan’s Self Drive Vito, Brett’s Self Drive Vito, an Audi with Accelerator Ring, Toni’s Hyundai Getz with Short Stature Conversion, Bob’s Subaru Outback with removable hand controls, Dominic’s Space Drive Chrysler Voyager, David’s Mazda with Wymo Hoist and modified driving controls, and PME’s own Commodore with ABI Loader and Evaluator 1 Space Drive Training Vehicle.

To everyone who was involved, we thank you all so much for your contribution, and hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did.

Take a browse through the Gallery, there are so many great shots from the day. 

 
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Posted: Friday 11th December, 2009

   

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Ever wanted to hop on to a pair of water skis? Now may be your chance

The Disabled Division of NSW Water-ski Federation and NSWWheelie Water Skiing Government Communities Sport and Recreation are offering open water skiing days for people with physical disabilities and vision impairments at St George Rowing Club.

This includes skiers with leg or arm amputation, brachial plexus injury, arm and leg impairments, hemiplegia, spinal cord injury, paraplegia and quadriplegia, lower limb impairment, and partial or total vision impairment.

With days running through December to April, there’s plenty of time to get out there and give it a go.  Start thinking about what is possible and get the most out of life.

For more details, download the flyer or contact Sharon Patterson - 

M: 0412 966 712

W: 02 8543 3023

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Places are limited so please register to ensure your spot

 

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Posted: Thursday 10th December, 2009

   

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Riding a high performance motorcycle would normally be considered a dream for a person with significant physical disability. This dream is now a very tangible reality for one very excited PME client.

Anthony takes his Can-Am Spyder for a spinThe Can Am Spyder is one beautiful machine, and it is well set up to accommodate disabled riders - with a conversion kit now available from PME.

It took an enormous amount of work designing, manufacturing and refining the modifications, but our client has finally taken delivery of his machine. The final design is the result of a combination of hands on work, input from external designers, online discussions with Spyder users and a mix of insight and ingenuity.

This modification is generating quite a buzz, we’ve already had a lot of interest from across the globe.

Anthony, our happy client, has already started second stage modifications including a full paint job with custom airbrushing, polished wheels and a custom exhaust system.

Keep a look out for it; it’ll be on our site, and on the streets, late October to early November.

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Posted: Wednesday 26th August, 2009

   

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PME FEATURES

The Paravan Self Drive Wheelchair is Brand New to Australia

Paravan Wheelchair

This electric wheelchair features greater flexibility and adaptability than any other wheelchair to date
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The new standard in Electric Wheelchairs

The Paravan Wheelchair features unique capabilities including huge motorised elevation and tilt ranges and other adjustments that make the Paravan wheelchair extremely versatile. Among other uses, it assists in reaching a high shelf, allows you to travel at standing head height at a concert or bar or to travel reasonably off road, can relieve pressure points and assists in standing/transfers.

This versatility makes the Paravan Wheelchair perfect for wheelchair self-drive. Our solutions can be fully tailored when using this wheelchair and so PME specifically recommends use of the  Paravan Electric wheelchair in these conversions.

Features

  • Designed with self-drive operations in mind, the Paravan Wheelchair has its own integrated robust docking station for self-drive available.
  • It also features a crash tested vehicle seat with an integrated 3 point seat belt (optional 4 point available) and scope to accommodate pressure relieving cushions.
  • Seat elevation has a massive range from a Low of 340mm to a Max Height of 800mm measured from the ground to the base of the seat. Despite this huge range however, the mechanism has been robustly engineered by Paravan’s German design team, to minimise any rock or movement, even when at full elevation.
  • The Paravan Wheelchair features fore and aft seat movement on the seat base tracks of 200mm, providing fantastic versatility for driving, by making minor seat adjustments for comfort easy, and for a range of other activities such as tucking yourself in at the table so that you can comfortably reach.
  • The Paravan Wheelchair is incredibly flexible with almost any possible adjustment available and motorised. The backrest angle can be adjusted up to 20 degrees forwards and 90 degrees backwards. It is possible for the entire seat to undergo a weight-shifting rearward tilt of 50 degrees which can be used to provide pressure relief. It can also perform an anterior tilt up to 20 degrees which, in conjunction with powered footplates and elevation, has enabled clients with motor-neuron disabilities to enter chair without difficulty.
  • All powered adjustments are driven my Swiss made, powerful, efficient motors and are controlled with the highly popular New Zealand made Dynamic DX2 control system
  • The Paravan Wheelchair can reach a top speed of 6 km/h or 10 km/h depending on the model and has a range of 35km.
  • Use of the latest technology has enabled maximum safety and stability. This wheelchair has undergone extensive crash testing to ensure safe performance. It is TÜV-CERTIFIED and has received several prestigious prizes.
  • Seats may be adapted for the individual and come in a wide range of colours.

Dimensions

Many of these measurements can be customised and so please use them as a rough guide only 

Standard Seat width – 350-550 adjusted via armrest regulation

Standard seat backrest height – standard 650mm optional 450 or 550

Standard seat depth – 480 mm standard optional 380 or 430

A range of seating options are available

Folding armrests

Lower leg length allowance – 350-420mm

Knee angle – 87-170 degrees

Total width – 640mm

Total length without footplates – 930mm

Chassis ground clearance – 75mm

Turning circle – 1.15m

Range – 35km

Max user weight – 160kg


 View the Paravan Wheelchair Brochure

Straight off the shelf, most vehicles aren't appropriately set-up for people of short stature. Fortunately, PME has a whole suite of solutions to tailor-fit vehicles to make them easy and safe to drive. These include everything from access, seating and securing, to driving control and accessory function modifications.

All short stature conversions are custom tailored to suit the individual needs of our clients

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We have years of experience doing short stature conversions and we understand the differing requirements that each situation presents. We know that your challenges are individual and we treat them that way. Each individual will differ in height, mobility and range of motion, as well as in associated disabilities, length of torso, legs and arms etc, so each conversion is tailor made.

A short stature conversion can involve any of the following;

  • Foldaway pedal extensions

  • Removable pedal extension systems

  • Removable false floors

  • Modified seating

  • Steering modifications

  • Steering column modifications

  • Airbag disabling systems

  • Steering wheel modifications

  • Other driving controls and accessory functions.

We do what we need to, in order to give you the optimal driving experience.

Give PME a call on (02) 9482 2808 to discuss what we can do for you

Mechanical linkages to allow for hand control of the brake and accelerator

Disabled hand controls installed in an Audi for a paraplegic

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High Quality, Professional Looking and Comfortable to Use

PME Hand Controls use mechanical linkages to allow for left or right handed control of the brake and accelerator. Our design offers a simple intuitive operation which incorporates the least fatiguing and most natural motion to apply the accelerator. They are comfortable and responsive to use.

At PME we achieve the best possible result with no, or minimal, modification to the vehicle’s interior to retain the factory look. Quality is assured; PME hand controls are certified to Australian Standard 3954.2 for your safety.

There are two standard types available with different methods of operation;

  • The Push-Pull system operates with a push for the brake and a pull towards the driver for acceleration.

  • The Radial system operates with a push for the brake and a pat (downward push) for acceleration.

Hand Controls will generally be installed with a spinner knob for steering and accessory controls on the hand controls or on the spinner so that blinkers, head lights and other functions can be operated without removing hands from the wheel or hand control.

And Now Available: PME Knee Intrusion Air-bag Compatible Hand Controls

Previously, vehicle modifiers have been unable to install hand controls into vehicles with a Knee Intrusion Airbag. This is because it is necessary for the hand controls to run below the dash, and right across the air-bag, making them a hazard should the air-bag deploy.

Electronic Accelerators such as the Accelerator Rings and Electronic Radial do not have this problem as the mechanical brake bar can be routed around the airbag. This is the preferred option as all safety systems are maintained.

However, for the case where electronic controls are not preferable, PME have developed an exclusive Hand Control system that is compatible with Knee Intrusion Air-bags and satisfies current RTA requirements.This system features a removable connecting rod that temporarily disables the Knee Intrusion Air-bag ONLY while installed. This rod is removed with 30 seconds when an able-bodied driver takes the wheel and the Knee Intrusion Air-bag is re-enabled.

As increasing numbers of vehicles are incorporating this safety feature, PME are continually working on new developments in this area. However,we still advise that customers avoid vehicles fitted with Knee Intrusion Airbags as unfortunately this system comes at an extra cost. Please discuss your intentions with us before purchasing a vehicle with these Air-bags.

PME Hand Control Options and Features

  • The device can be fitted with orthopaedic grips for higher level quadriplegia or PME also offers Custom Hand Controls if a unique solution is required.
  • Hand Control modifications can optionally include flip-up pedals to improve the users safety. Flip-up pedals avoid the risk of the pedals being accidentally depressed when the vehicle is in use by the disabled driver.
  • Indicators are generally located on the Hand Control unit to reduce the movement and so the risk involved in indicating. The indicators are self-cancelling so that they turn off after a manoeuvre has been made. Windscreen wiper, horn and high beam functions are also available from the Hand Control unit.
  • Designed for natural, low fatigue operation

  • Designed to meet Australian Standards for your safety
  • Minimal modification to vehicle interior

  • Can be installed for right or left handed operation

  • Radial or Push-Pull systems available

  • Knee Intrusion Air-Bag Compatible Hand Controls Available

The world renowned PME Spinmaster spinner knob

PME Spinmaster

Exported around the world, the PME Spinmaster is a class leading spinner knob.
Easyspin indicator and secondary function remote spinner knob

Easyspin

Fingertip control of secondary driving functions such as indicators, horn and high beam
 

Exceeded Expectations

I have had two performance cars modified by PME (VW Golf R32 and recently a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X). Both jobs were performed perfectly and exactly as per my specifications... Read More

Short Stature Solutions

Thank you very much Bill and everyone else at PME who worked on my Honda Jazz.

I found your web site an invaluable source of information and the trip to Sydney was definitely worth the e... Read More

Not a problem

I recently purchased a Chrysler Grand Voyager which was modified by the staff at PME to suit my needs as a C-5 quadriplegic. It involved the guys at PME having the floor lowered, installing a side ... Read More

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I would like to thank Bill at PME and all their employees for all their help and support in the modification of my vehicle. PME were very efficient, helpful and supportive through out the process... Read More

BMW quality

I was originally referred to Problem Management Engineering (PME) by a couple of Melbourne businesses, which specialise in converting vehicles for disabled drivers. These Melbourne businesses were ... Read More

Promise fulfilled

My Jeep was the first vehicle in New Zealand installed with mini wheel technology. Only one of the people I had talked to had ever seen one in use before. On December 14 I passed my full license te... Read More

Happy Grandpa

My Wife's Father's Multivan is about to have it's first birthday and I thought it timely to say thanks, once again for the great job you and your staff did with the conversion. Since overcoming the... Read More

Pain Free

When I became aware of the Self-Drive van conversions that PME were carrying out, I contacted Bill Georgas and instantly saw that this would be a solution for me.

I can now say that after hav... Read More

A Revelation

It's a revelation to find someone so competent after all these years, but even more of a revelation to find someone who cares.

PME went beyond the call of duty fixing both of our cars to suit... Read More

A pleasure to drive

Bill and his crew at PME just did the most excellent job, fitting a hoist and hand-controls for our Kia Sportage.

Their attention to detail was amazing, they really listened to us and develop... Read More

Amazing service

Bill and the team at PME were simply amazing. Nothing was too much trouble for them, they modified our Pajero beautifully and even dropped us off and picked us up from the local shopping centre.Read More

Inspirational

PME has made it possible for me to continue to have adventure in my life. They dealt with me professionally and courteously and their work is faultless.

Hand controls are another world, requi... Read More

Incredible value

To reinforce my appreciation for everything you have done for me. I am so appreciative of you getting me back on the road asap.

I appreciated much more how much time it takes to design, probl... Read More

Great service

Very impressed. We had extremely good service. Picked up our car one day and had it back the following day. Once again many thanks.

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A grateful OT

A BIG THANKYOU :) for your generosity in completing the alterations to the Shoalhaven modified car. I am very happy and excited to now be able to improve the options to Shoalhaven residents needing... Read More

10 years of daily use

Thank you for designing and making the Easyspin... It has truly made my life easier and made me more independent... You truly make a robust unit as I never expected it to still be going strong afte... Read More

Loving the freedom

Kye is really enjoying the freedom of his car. Thanks for all your help. Thanks to all your workers too :)

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Compassion

Thanks for your help, understanding and compassion. The look on my wife's face whenever we go driving is worth every penny spent. Keep up the good work, the disabled community needs more people lik... Read More

Driving pain free

My name is John Mullins and I became an incomplete quadriplegic in 1975. After rehab I was fullly employed for more than 27 years and during this time I drove my self to and from work every day in ... Read More

Confidence booster

The humble Spinmaster from PME has made my life so much better. Much better than I ever realised, until I lost the use of it for a couple of weeks.

The Spinmaster simply makes it possible for... Read More

 

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PME Auto Conversions is located in Hornsby Heights NSW and specialises in customised vehicle modifications for people with disability. Our expertise includes driving controls from hand controls and left foot accelerators up to high-end electronic mobility controls, as well as wheelchair access and transfer, for cars and vans, and more. We engineer modifications to cater for any form of physical handicap. Ultimately, PME provides options for people who are disabled, in any way, to enjoy 'Dynamic Living'.