Project: Disabled Drivers Braking Abilities

Reference: UG333

Last update: 12/01/2004 16:17:45

Objectives

The objective of this project is to compare the braking efficiency of cars which have adaptive braking controls with current standard systems on popular cars. This project will also recommend any design changes to adaptive controls.

Description

This project will explore the safety of braking systems available to disabled drivers and establish whether the quality of the adaptations needs to be improved. It would be exploratory to see if there are significant differences between standard car braking systems and those fitted to adapted cars. If there are differences, then further work will be required to minimise the effect of such differences.

Contractor(s)

MIRA Ltd
Watling Street, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, CV10 0TU
+44 (0)2476 355000

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £192,700.00

Actual start date: 08 November 2000

Actual completion date: 14 August 2002

Publication(s)

Disabled Drivers' Braking Abilities
Author: MIRA
Publication date: 08/08/2003
Source: DfT Website
More information: http://www.dft.gov.uk/transportforyou/access/car/mavis/research

Summary of results

  1. A report was produced which detailed the results of the tests for each adaptation and which produced recommendations for the car adaptation industry. The project fully delivered the planned outputs.