Scott Bolduc, Founder & CEO
Breaking with all tradition, Bolduc chose to emulate a new technology that involved electronic “fly-by-wire” components that were only available in advanced aerospace projects, operable by highly trained specialists only. These parameters were deemed unacceptable by Bolduc’s team, if the project vision was to appeal to average operators with smaller budgets. The project vision eventually led to the development of better “fault tolerant”, embedded controllers communicating across a CANbus (controller area network), and intelligent, powerful, and redundant electric servomotors to assure the safety and integrity of the visionary control system. After 6 years of research and development, the first totally “drive-by-wire” vehicle began driving in 1986. Drivers would no longer be limited by exact seating position or input control placement due to mechanical or hydraulic steering, braking, or acceleration systems found in mass produced vehicles.
The immediate response from the Adaptive Vehicle industry was enthusiastic.
The Human Equation
With the emergence of AEVIT® technology with its safety concept of “fault tolerant”, multiple redundant processors, servos, and input devices, the vision was not yet completed. The project required the modelling of the human algorithm of control response and interface devices to assure fast learning curves to a typical operator. What were the differences, if any, surrounding drivers with distinct physical disabilities?
Once again, the team had to think outside the box and provide user input solutions that were combinations of both software and mechanical enhancements. The initial direction taken was Bolduc’s understanding of high performance aircraft and its effect on human operators. He stated, “that as speeds increased so did the forces acting on his body which in theory, rendered him with a distinct physical disadvantage in both effort and range of motion.”
The result of this early work with a commitment to succeed, resulted in the world’s first patented, commercially available “drive-by-wire” automobile control system (DigiDrive®) in 1990.
We Saw What Others Could Not
The year 2009 represented a quarter century of design, manufacturing, and distribution for EMC, with thousands of AEVIT® systems worldwide. The current version of this technology is dubbed AEVIT 2.0® (Advanced Electronic Vehicle Interface Technology), and has set a new world ISO standard for safety and reliability. Since the integration of AEVIT® technology into the Adaptive Equipment Industry almost 25-years ago, its unique value, quality, cost effectiveness, and safety over time is clearly evidenced by the strongest and largest distribution network of dealers worldwide… and repeat orders from over 99.7% of our customers.