The Best Car for Someone in a Wheelchair?! – Our new Tesla Model X!

The Best Car for Someone in a Wheelchair?! – Our new Tesla Model X!

[Zack] Alright, I’m ready. You ready? Okay… [Cambry] Three, two, one…blastoff. [Music] [Cambry] Nature everywhere. Really cool. [Music] [Zack] That is amazing. So there are a lot of cars out there. A huge variety. And all of them are good for different things. [Cambry] And there’s a lot of cars out there
that are great for people with physical limitations like myself. Some are better than others, but pretty much
any car can be adapted for a wheelchair user. But there are not very many cars that don’t
require you to go to the gas station. And if you’re a wheelchair user, you know
that’s a big deal. I’m talking big deal. And I’ll show you in a second why that is. [Zack] Full disclosure: since this technology
is new, it’s is ridiculously expensive right now. But like with any piece of tech, the price
is going to drop over the next couple years. And it’s just good to know that it currently
exists. [Cambry] One way to get a price break on technology
is buying it used. [Zack] We bought this Tesla Model X used from
Dan, from the YouTube Channel What’s Inside. And it has some features that are awesome
for everyone, but more so for Cambry. And we’ll show you what those are. [Cambry] Let’s get started. [Intro] [Zack] So this is the Tesla Model X. The SUV version, all-electric, and is super
incredibly fast. The Model X has a range of 280 miles, which
is about the same as a tank of gas in a normal car. It’s got a lot of personality with the Falcon
doors. And I think it’s going to fit Cambry pretty
well. It’s got automatic doors which is great. [Cambry] With my last car, I never used the
back hatch because I wasn’t able to reach it once it was up to bring it back down. So with the Tesla, you can open it with the
fob, and close it with the fob, or your app on your phone. Which makes my life a lot easier. [Zack] Cambry, you want to show us how to
get inside? [Cambry] Yes. [Zack] So you might not thing that going to
a gas station is a very big deal, but when you’re in a wheelchair it’s a totally different
ball game. [Cambry] You have to transfer the wheelchair
and yourself in and out of the car twice. It’s like going to the gym just to get gas. [Zack] So getting an electric car avoids the
gas station altogether. But even though we get to avoid the gas station,
Cambry still has to get in and out of the car. And no matter what car we get, the process
is going to be basically the same. [Cambry] So I put my feet in first…or my
legs in. And then I grab onto the steering wheel. It’s locked at this point. I put one hand on my cushion and then I rotate
in. And then I have to take this apart…when
I’m by myself. [Zack] When I’m with her, I help her out and
then put the chair in the back. The back seats fold down and there’s enough
room for her wheelchair. [Cambry] You can tell this is quite the process,
so imagine doing this at the gas station multiple times in a row. [Zack] The wheels come off easy enough. Then she can take the wheels and put them
in the back seat right next to one of the pilot seats in the middle. [Cambry] And then I’ve got to make some space
to pick up this guy. And then I place it on the passenger seat
next to me. There you have it. [Zack] So you can see why avoiding the gas
station is a good thing. Not only does she have to disassemble her
chair, but reassemble it when she gets back out twice for the gas station. So having an electric vehicle that she can
just plug in when she gets home is pretty awesome. So since Cambry’s chair is made of metal,
we added some protection. Some clear plastic protection right here along
the side walls, so when she brings her chair into the frame it doesn’t scratch anything. As well as we have a seat cover on this seat
as well as the center console and a screen protector on the display. So if anything taps the display or the seat… [Cambry] Or the door. [Zack] …or the door, everything’s always
protected. We had our buddies over at Luxe Auto Spa,
the same people who wrapped Dan’s Tesla gray, applied those special protection features
for us. I think they’ve done a pretty good job. We’ve had this car for about 2 weeks now and
there’s been no damage to the actual car. You might have heard that Tesla’s have something
called autopilot, and you might think that with autopilot someone with a disability can
just jump in and start driving, but that’s not the case yet. Full autonomous driving is coming in the future,
but for right now, Cambry needs hand controls to operate the vehicle. [Cambry] Okay, this car is already pretty
well adapted to me, like we didn’t have to make very many modifications. But something that I will always have to make
modifications on is the hand control. Since my legs don’t work, my hand controls
do the job. So this part, if you push forward, applied
pressure to the brake. And then if you rock it back, it electronically
controls the acceleration. Pretty cool. One of my favorite features is when you apply
pressure to the brake, the door closes. [Zack] Nice. [Cambry] And then I don’t have to reach for
it. Quick side note, one of my favorite features,
and I know that there are a few cars out there that have this, but the steering wheel heats
up. And I am always cold, so it is maybe my favorite
feature of this car. My hands are nice and toasty. [Zack] Yeah this has a lot of features that
make life easier for everyone in general, but I think my favorite is that it’s quicker
than most sports cars. Especially since Dan splurged a little when
he bought it and got the P100D which means this is the “fast” Model X. And Cambry has been fast. She’s launched it a couple times in ludicrous
mode. But she’s never done it herself personally. So this will be the first time. Are you ready? [Cambry] Are you ready for this? [Zack] I guess that is the question. Yeah, I think I’m ready. [Cambry] Three…two…one…blastoff. [Zack] Oh my gosh! [Cambry] I feel like my eyes are shaking! [Cambry] Three…two…one…blastoff. [Zack] Oh my gosh! [Cambry] I feel like my eyes are shaking! [Zack] I feel like you got to 30 miles an
hour and stopped. [Laughter] [Cambry] That scared me! That’s like losing control! [Zack] Seat belts tighten up every time too. Oh that was fun. You can feel like the blood rush to the back
of your head cuz the acceleration is just so intense. [Cambry] I think my eyes are shaking like
this. [Zack] That’s crazy. We had a friend in the car once and he’s like
‘man, my blood forgot how to circulate’ which is like the perfect example or the perfect
analogy of what happens when this thing accelerates. [Cambry] Perfect description for sure. [Zack] That was fun. [Music] [Zack] How was it? [Cambry] I just want to keep driving these
trails. [Zack] It’s super pretty out right now. [Cambry] And there are like homes on the side
of these roads that I’m sure they can’t get to in the winter, but super cool. And it’s just like mind blowing how many colors
are still out there. Like a lot of the leaves have fallen, but
it’s still just like nature…everywhere. It’s really cool. Hi Bertha. Hi. So when I take my hand off the accelerator,
the car takes that energy of slowing down and puts it back into the battery. So essentially we could gain more miles by
going downhill and using that energy. [Zack] So one of the reasons we chose the
Model X over the Model S or the Model 3 was because it has slightly better off road capabilities,
and it can tow things which Cambry’s pretty interested in. [Cambry] The thing I like about it is you
can change the suspension height so it can be low for me to transfer in and out, but
then it can also be raised when we’re off-roading. [Zack] So obviously buying a Tesla is fairly
expensive at the moment. The price is going to drop with time. And if you do end up buying a Tesla, the best
way to do it is with a Tesla owner’s code. Yeah you can walk into a dealership and just
buy a Tesla outright, but if you have this code you get an extra 1,000 miles of free
supercharging. A thousand miles for you and a thousand miles
to the person whose code you’re using, which would be me and Cambry. Supercharging is what we would use on long
road trips. It fills the Tesla battery super quickly with
power. We can fill a large chunk of the battery in
just 30 to 45 minutes. A lot of people might think that you have
to use the superchargers, but in reality, most people, including us, have a little charging
station installed in our garage. The superchargers spread out across the United
States are mostly just for long road trips. So one thing that bugs us both quite a bit
is one, when there’s no parking because someone takes the handicap spot. Or two… [Cambry] Someone parks right next to my car
and I can’t open the door wide enough to get in. [Zack] She needs a lot of space. One cool thing with the Tesla is that it has
the summon feature, but it’s also now, with just this update, it’s a smart summon. Which means that she can park anywhere and
she can call the car to her from across the parking lot. We’re going to try it out. So right now Cambry’s parked in an impossible
location. There’s no way she can get into the driver’s
seat, but since she has the app on her phone with the smart summon, she can now summon
the car. And it knows there’s a car next to it, and
it’s going to come find Cambry. [Cambry] I can’t believe it did it with a
car next to it. [Zack] What do you think about that? [Cambry] Yep. I approve. [Zack] We’re on the freeway right now and
Cambry has never tried out autopilot in her Model X yet. So we’re going to do it for the first time. So Cambry, when you’re driving and there’s
that gray steering wheel up in the corner, it means that the car has identified the lanes
in the road and it’s ready to assist you with driving or self driving. So on the steering wheel on that far side,
there’s a tiny little knob that if you click it towards you twice it will go into autopilot
mode. [Cambry] And it’ll keep the same speed. [Zack] It’ll keep the same speed and distance
from the cars in front of you. [Cambry] Okay, so just tap it twice? [Zack] Click it towards you twice, yeah. [Cambry] Okay. Are we sure? Okay. [Zack] There you go. Now the car is driving by itself, staying
within the lines. [Cambry] This makes me anxious. [Zack] And now the steering wheel is blue,
meaning that the car is driving itself. And about ever 60 seconds or so there will
be a little flashing light that pops up saying take control of the steering wheel for a second. So you just have to nudge it to prove that
you’re still awake and listening. Dan and I made a video about what happens
if you fall asleep while autopilots engaged. So I’ll leave a link for that down in the
description. It’s pretty cool. Cambry, what are your thoughts about autopilot? [Cambry] Um, initially it’s nerve-racking
cuz I didn’t quite trust it. But I still don’t trust it 100%, I’ll still
keep my eyes on the road. But it allows for a little bit more freedom
of my hands to do something else like grab the window. Roll it up or down. Grab my drink real quick. Fix my seat belt Adjust something for like
the speed of the windshield wipers. It just gives me a little bit more freedom
because my hands are always occupied if I’m doing it all all the time. [Zack] And the best thing about all of this
is that the autopilot capabilities are just going to keep on getting better and better. Right now the autopilot can navigate us while
we’re on the freeway, but soon, in the next year or two, it’ll be able to take us from
our house to our destination without us actually needing to drive ourselves. [Cambry] Crazy. [Zack] So as this car is passing us on the
side, we can see that the Tesla has recognized it and knows its position. It recognizes the other cars with all the
cameras positioned outside of the vehicle and that’s what helps us drive safely. So Cambry, now that you don’t have to control
your vehicle with your hands, what are you going to do with them while you’re driving
from now on? [Cambry] I’m still a responsible driver. I’m not going to be putting on makeup or anything. I’m going to rest my hands. [Zack] All the charging stalls are full and
there are so many Teslas just sitting and waiting to plug in. Alright, there’s Dan. Open the door for him. And it’s opening up. Convenient. [Dan] I miss this car! It looks so good. It’s been a while. How long has it been since I’ve been in this
car, like 3 or 4 weeks you guys have had this now? [Zack] Yeah it’s been a little bit. I think the real reason you sold the Tesla
to Cambry was because it’s more of a feminine vehicle… [Dan] Oh is it? [Zack] …and you were scared about racing
my truck. [Dan] See, I’m okay with the race. I don’t know if that’s a thing, but I’ll let
you go with that. [Zack] That’s the real reason. So there we have it. We have the old owner in the backseat and
the new owner in the front seat And I think we’re going to have a lot of fun with it. So if you want to watch Dan’s video on why
he sold his Tesla, I’ll leave a link for that right here. Hit that subscribe button if you haven’t already. And come hang out with Cambry and I on our
Instagrams. We’ll leave a link for those down in the description. And remember how we finish it off? [Dan] I miss this car. Is that how we finish it? [Laughter] [Cambry] Thanks for watching. We’ll see you around? [Zack] Perfect. [Cambry] Yesss. [Zack] Nice.

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  1. Does it have 'memory seats'? ie, use one profile with seat set for the lowest position for entry, then switch to 'driving' profile with the person's preferred seat height/rake/etc for driving. Nice vid.

  2. Grt! But the wheel chair assembly-disassembly looks like a tedious process to do everytime. Why not use a folding wheel chair? Maybe custom build one using carbon fiber frame for light weight and easy for her to put into the car.

  3. Interested to know if the hand controls add to the cost of insurance. It can add a lot here in the UK making expencive to insure unless you are able to get higher Motability benefit.

  4. I love this video so much. You guys are so blessed and this makes me so happy for y'all. 🙂
    Thank you technology for literally making every second of this possible.
    The car, his videos, and everything. 🙂

  5. It's nice to see a vehicle like this can help disabled people, other than it only being affordable for rich people and popular YouTubers.

  6. 12:58 Dans be like
    I'm in what are you waiting for, just close the door let me feel the air conditioner geez Cambry

  7. the gas station argument makes no sense tbh. you can just call the gas station attendant and have him fill up for you. i never leave my car to get gas and i can walk. awesome car tho and she looks so happy. nice buy.

  8. elon musk must thanks to you for make some videos like this … if i work for tesla i would sponsored u or give that car hahah

  9. Hmm think they make a rig where the wheel chair can be pull up on to the car roof. To take apart every time is quite stupid

  10. Full autopilot wont be available anytime soon, unless under very special conditions. A highway Only for self driven vehicles, where all of them are interconnected. This tech has been heavily tested for years in Germany and we have put it under normal conditions where it will get confused, very confused actually. At some highway turns where it wont brake in time when traffic is jammed, on road constructuions where it will slam on the brakes when barriers are placed on top of the lines on the road and when extra lines of a different color are drawed for safety. And specially with motorcycles and rough drivers that pass from lane to lane quickly while overtaking

  11. Now you have to make her a wheelchair that fold into a watch at the push of a button. All your car needs is a scrolling red light on the front. Great video.

  12. is summoning the car to you solely dependent on gps? cause if it screws up your location you are pretty much done for….

  13. I Hope You don't hate me Jack, but Camber (hope that is the Right spelling) she will not always need a wheel chair! Isaiah 53:5. Love You Guys!

  14. You know when you stop speaking and she picks up where you left off, it looks as if this video is scripted. Especially the first 1 of the video. Wait a min, is this entire add for the Model X

  15. You've probably thought of this already, but there are plenty solutions for getting that wheelchair into the back seats on her own.

    I have friends in the RC flying hobby that has installed roof cranes that slide out, hoists, then slide back in. All electric, operated from a remote. I bet you could fit something similar in the X, for Cambry to use

  16. My uncle had a van that he just use a lift to get in. The driver chair rotated and that's how he got in and out.

    He had an electric wheelchair so taking it apart would of been a real hassle.

    I hope you enjoy your car

  17. To make Cambry life easier , with the rear butterfly door, why not remove the rear driver side passenger seat, so she can put her wheelchair without disassemble it ?

  18. Zach: so Cambry since you're not controlling your car with your hands, what are you gonna do with them?
    Me: inappropriately laughs at dirty thought

  19. Cmon man you are so smart and technical I’m sure you can build something to make this process easier, just watching this video gives me few ideas but I’m sure you can do better when you really think about it
    I mean, imagine someone sees her doing this, it’s just too easy target for some bad guys , getting robbed is the least problems you have , you might never see your Tesla again lol

  20. ADVICE . If you are buying a new LONG RANGE MODEL X (they don't declare battery size now) the range is about 50 more miles on the new ones. If you get LONG RANGE but NOT Performance you save a big chunk of money and if you go for the 5 seater with the reclining bench seat for the second row that is also much cheaper than the 6 seater pilot seat second row. Also MODEL X charging though not as fast as MODEL 3 is now much improved over older MODEL Xs & efficiency has improved as has the smart suspension.

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