Touch Bionics Driving Position Statement

The i-limb device has the functional capability to assist a patient with driving a motor vehicle however due to factors including the differences in world-wide driving regulations and the variations in the level of ability between patients Touch Bionics is unable to provide definitive advice in respect of a patient with an i-limb device driving a motor vehicle.  

Touch Bionics is aware that patients have used the i-limb to drive a motor vehicle and our recommendations prior to a patient doing so would include the following:

  • contacting the driving authority in your home location to obtain and understand the local regulations; 
  • working with the appropriate authorities to have your car modified to meet the local regulations for your respective disabilities as required; 
  • re-taking any mandatory driving test using your i-limb device to demonstrate your ability to operate a motor vehicle safely if required by local regulations;
  • contacting your insurance provider and advise them that you will be using the i-limb device to drive a motor vehicle;
  • ensuring that the device has a fully charged battery. Please note that the i-limb device will emit a low battery signal which will alert you if the battery requires to be charged;
  • switching off the the i-limb device. This is due to the possibility of involuntary muscle signals being generated; and
  • moving the thumb into the lateral position to allow the i-limb to be removed from the steering wheel without opening the hand.

It is entirely the patient’s responsibility to seek confirmation that they are physically and legally able to drive using the device and to the fullest extent permitted by law Touch Bionics shall under no circumstances whatsoever be liable to the patient or any other party as a result of or in connection with a patient with an i-limb device driving a motor vehicle.