Paralyzed racer takes part in the rally again with the help of advanced technology

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 Paralyzed Rally Rallying With Advanced Technology Again

Sam Schmidt made his racing debut in 1997 and won his first race in Las Vegas two years later.

Just a few months later, in January 2000 of the year, during a test run, Schmidt crashed into a wall at a speed of 200 miles per hour and severely injured his spine.

As a result of the accident, Schmidt was paralyzed from the neck down, and doctors predicted a maximum of 3-5 years of life on the device artificial lung ventilation.
After 14 years, Schmidt is back behind the wheel with the help of Arrow Electronics.

An American company designed the “SAM Car” for him. – a semi-autonomous mobile car with unique controls.

To drive the car, Schmidt wears a helmet that reacts to the movements of his head and translates them into commands for the on-board computer. The speed of the car is controlled by exhaling or inhaling into a tube. Additionally, a voice command system is used.

Along with Schmidt, there is always a co-pilot in the car, who can take over control using the conventional steering wheel and pedals if necessary.

In 2016, Schmidt took part in the Pikes Peak — a 156-turn, 4,720-foot hill climb in Colorado, called “the greatest test in motorsport for both man and machine.” Schmidt finished just six minutes behind the winner in a regular car.

C Since then, the SAM Car has been constantly improved. Now it is a modified McLaren 720S Spider, capable of reaching speeds of up to 212 miles per hour. Schmidt, 57, tested the latest version of the car earlier this year.

, designed by Arrow Electronics, Schmidt was able to dance with his daughter at her wedding. He called it “the best moment of my life.”

“Arrow Electronics made it possible for us to do a lot of things we thought were impossible,” – says Schmidt.

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