Last update: 10/08/2005 15:16:51
The objective of the research is to establish how the performance of disabled drivers can be improved by suitable seating considerations and to produce guidelines on the prescription of appropriate seating modifications to ensure the stability of the disabled driver.
It specifically explores:
- how forces acting on the body during normal driving are changed through the use of adaptive driving controls
- how forces are affected by altered posture, balance etc related to physical disability
- the effects of these on driving performance
- the impact of seating modifications on the disabled driver
Within driving it is acknowledged that maintaining stability, comfort and safety is important for obtaining maximum performance. However, for the disabled driver, the car seat may provide inadequate support. This project aims to explore how the forces acting on the body during normal driving are changed through the use of adaptive driving controls, and how they are affected by altered posture, balance, etc related to physical disability. The project will produce guidelines on the assessment of stability, postural support and comfort within the car and on finding solutions to improve the driving performance and therefore safety of people with physical difficulties, including those required to drive from the wheelchair. The project began in November 2002 and will be completed in March 2004.
Holywell Building, Holywell Way, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3UZ
+44 (0)1509 283300
Cost to the Department: £196,696.00
Actual start date: 28 October 2002
Actual completion date: 31 January 2005