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Mercedes-Benz Displays Accessible Mobility Products At Abilities Expo in New York

Mercedes-Benz Displays Accessible Mobility Products At Abilities Expo in New York

Many of us can take for granted things as simple as driving a vehicle and performing basic tasks, like running errands or shopping for ourselves. More than 40 million Americans have a disability, and MBUSA is committed to providing transportation solutions to customers with special needs. Our hope is that by providing opportunities for better mobility, it will also improve independence and overall quality of life.

Recently, the MBUSA Van team collaborated with Passenger Cars and our LAB1886 colleagues from Stuttgart, Germany, for our first national Mercedes-Benz Accessible Mobility display during the Abilities Expo in New York. The team offered a comprehensive overview of our MB brand solutions for the accessible mobility community. One such solution is the Metris Wheelchair Accessible Van (WAV), an efficient, ADA-compliant, multi-function vehicle that’s perfect for transporting wheelchair passengers and able-bodied riders. The Metris WAV also comes equipped with an automatic tensioning system that assists with loading and unloading a wheelchair passenger. The LAB1886 team showed off a GLC 350e modified with various MB Special Driving Aids, including a steering wheel knob, a speed/brake hand control and a pedal protection cover.

Due to the immense public interest and positive customer feedback we received during the Abilities Expo, we are encouraged to continue our efforts to expand our national Mercedes-Benz Accessible Mobility Initiative to also offer MB Special Driving Aids here in the U.S.!  Developing and providing accessible mobility solutions to our customers with special needs will also be a key component in the development of autonomous vehicles. In the future, the perfect autonomous vehicle will be utilized by all our customers, no matter what their individual needs or abilities might be!

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