I wanna rant about lifted pickup trucks, there are so many here. the cargo bed has no hydraulic dumping/loading system and always stays level so it isn't very useful for transporting loading/unloading material, while at the same time you have to be in good shape to even fucking get inside of it. Nobody even uses pickups for transporting materials anyways outside of contract workers (who obviously don't lift it and if anything lower it). Basically no cars have ramps or are even convertable to allow wheelchair access when they are a huge van/SUV even though that is an obvious design possibility enabled by having a larger vehicle. Fucking dutch microcars can come with ramps and in the US I see vans with fucking cranes and lifting systems for the elderly and wheelchair users and shit it is so ridiculous and requires someone to assist anyways. They are *too big* and *too tall* and just cause cascading accessibility problems.

No, these things aren't for accessibility, you hear advocacy around cars for accessibility from the people this car-centric ideology has encircled and threatened and most deeply controlled who cannot see an escape. The soccer mom with multiple kids who is expected to be their personal gasoline valet from birth until driver's license and the status-wielding car owners who flaunt wealth or manliness with their automobile on a work commute full of debt-sink spaghetti interchanges that bankrupt their city. People who forgot how Newton's laws work and think bigger cars are safer and provide more protection (from the other huge cars) as a protection racket of momentum.

If cars are so accessible:
1. Where can I hop in one and use it now?
2. Where are the accessible ones which can be used without a hand, arm, leg, or from a wheelchair without assistance?
3. Why do they kill so many fucking people during the regular course of operation???

@thufie Here in Europe there's luckily not that many of the lifted colossal pickup trucks, and many of us find them just hilariously useless

Probably due to the smaller roads and higher taxes the pickup trucks there are are also not as massive, and are used for actual utility purposes like hauling fuel tanks for farming or forestry equipment etc.

And like there's no need for weird lifts or anything when you just have a low floor van like most of the more accessible taxis here

@SigmaOne just further evidence that when usians talk about cars as accessibility it is such a fucking joke

@thufie By my standards about 90% of the USAian culture around cars entirely is like a parody

@SigmaOne our wheelchair accessible vehicles are too scared to lower the chassis enough for ramps I think given the unpredictable road and parking lot quality

@thufie Which is also kind of ridiculous considering that we're fine in Finland with roads and parking lots constantly in horrible condition due to the winters

@SigmaOne @thufie yeah here the assholes are the bmw drivers who drive in the middle of the road and engage kill mode upon seeing a bike

@luci @thufie And then for whatever reason at least in Finland Audi drivers get the reputation of being assholes, when as a pedestrian with no car, it's usually Audi drivers who are particularly eager to give way at crosswalks for example in my experience

@thufie As a bit of a car enthusiast with some coordination issues at times, I very much wonder the same thing about accessibility in driving the things btw, like, what stops there from being a car you can drive without even legs entirely? Why can't we stick the throttle as an analog lever on the steering wheel for example?

Or have a plane-style yoke or joystick that can be used with one hand

@thufie And like I'm (almost) fully abled, and the standard system of a wheel and pedals just feels kind of unoptimal to me too, so I'm sure if we actually tried new things we could develop methods which are not only more accessible, but also better or easier for abled drivers too

@calcifer @SigmaOne I think it'd help if we didn't have to operate heavy machinery in what is essentially a cockpit that is *going* to be complicated just to get places smh

@calcifer @SigmaOne also those doors can fucking smash you if parked on an incline if they are the kind I'm thinking of

@calcifer @thufie @SigmaOne

in Europe the "MPV" (multi purpose vehicle), basically a supermini with a larger body is popular with seniors and wheelchair users for this reason and regularly adapted.

One of our fleet cars is an automatic Ford Fusion MPV (this is completely different from the USA vehicle of same name) and it had hand controls but those were removed before sale (it is driven by able bodied staff who prefer automatic cars and the controls can be re-used for another vehicle)

@thufie commercials have a powerful effect on peoples' minds. everyone thought depression is a chemical imbalance because of a Pfizer commercial from like 1992.

giant murder vehicles help to re-affirm rugged individuality, and especially the "i've got mine, fuck you" attitude.

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