AN INTRODUCTION TO THE VEHICLE ADAPTATION INDUSTRY FOR DISABLED DRIVERS

Vehicle modifications for disabled drivers require physical capability assessment and transfer of knowledge from the physiological data to engineering designs and the vehicle adaptation. At present the work being undertaken in this field has been primarily conducted by independent (often non specialised) sub groups and communication of problems or limitations are often lost, leading to very expensive ineffectual solutions. This paper investigates the present system of driver assessment - conducted by the medical profession - and the equipment used to conduct such assessments, before going on to address the transfer of the knowledge and eventual vehicle adaptation procedures. There are presently ten Motability accredited assessment centres, from which a sample of assessment techniques have been taken and evaluated for their applicability to the engineering requirements. The equipment used is discussed in terms of existence and the applicability of the results extrapolated from the reaction times, strength capabilities, actuation errors, reach potential, preferred placement of the primary and secondary controls data. The applicability of the rigs to the range of disabilities investigated is also an important consideration. Information regarding the interpretation and presentation of results to the engineers is then addressed in the context of the industry as a whole. (A) For the covering abstract see IRRD 882109.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 565-77

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00726522
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-947719-74-1
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Oct 28 1996 12:00AM