Is the SmartScoot ™ Mobility Scooter a Wheelchair?

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The SmartScoot ™ mobility scooter is not a wheelchair. It’s not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) like wheelchairs and other motorized medical devices. A wheelchair is designed for people who have disabilities and are confined or limited to a seated position.

In contrast, the SmartScoot™ mobility scooter is not a medical device. It is designed for anyone – disabled or not – who can operate it safely. That requires a combination of healthy traits and abilities such as good vision, strength, coordination, balance and concentration.

Here are a few guidelines: Users should be able to stand and walk independently or with limited assistance. They must be able to mount or dismount the motorized scooter without help or risk of falling and judge speeds, distances and slopes.

The SmartScoot ™ is classified as a mobility scooter or other power-driven mobility device (OPDMD).  Similar products include Segways and golf carts used for personal transportation. While these are designed for outside use, the SmartScoot™ can be used for leisure or recreational activities inside and outside your home. It is versatile enough to navigate a wide variety of environments and accommodate a diverse spectrum of users, including those with special needs.

So as much as the SmartScoot ™ can be a great help for people to with mobility issues – the SmartScoot ™ is not a wheelchair.