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Abstract

Independent mobility influences the quality of life of people with special needs (PSN). A method of evaluating the workload and driving performance of drivers with special needs (DSN) in driving simulators was defined. The influence of four types of car adaptations on the workload and driving performance of a selected group of DSN was compared to the workload and driving performance of a group of able-bodied drivers. Although DSN performed their driving task well, differences in workload and performance were found. A higher degree of tiredness and local fatigue were indicated by tetraplegic and paraplegic drivers. The proper design and installation of hand controls combined with a car with low level pedal forces can decrease the level of discomfort and fatigue on long driving distances. The evaluation method was also set up to facilitate the evaluation of RTI systems, which might enhance driving performance comfort for DSN.

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Authors: VEENBAAS R, ;PETERS B, ;VERWEY W B,
Bibliographic Reference: Report: V2032/5 EN (1993) 129 pp., ECU 10
Availability: Available from European Commission, c/o ECOTEC Research and Consulting Ltd., 28-34 Albert Street, Birmingham B4 7UD (GB)
Record Number: 199430105 / Last updated on: 1995-10-18
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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