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Title: Postural support strategies of disabled drivers and the effectiveness of postural support aids
Authors: Lawton, Clare
Cook, Sue
May, Andrew
Clemo, Keith
Brown, Susan
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: © Elsevier
Citation: LAWTON, C. ... et al, 2007. Postural support strategies of disabled drivers and the effectiveness of postural support aids. Applied ergonomics, 39 (1), pp. 47-55
Abstract: The paper discusses a series of driving trials that were conducted to investigate postural stability of disabled drivers and to assess the effectiveness of a representative sample of support aids. Twenty-three disabled drivers with varying levels of physical disability and seven non disabled drivers participated in the study. The test car was equipped with transducers to measure vehicle velocity and acceleration (longitudinal and lateral), steering wheel movement and torque, and the bracing forces exerted by the driver on the steering wheel. Video cameras were installed to record postural support strategies and displacement of the driver and to record deviation of the car from the specified path. Subjective data regarding driver attitudes and acceptance were also collected through the administration of questionnaires. Findings from the study showed that support aids significantly improved driving performance and reduced physical exertion to maintain an upright driving position for disabled drivers. However, ergonomics design aspects regarding the ease of use and acceptance of the support aids by the end users were identified as obstacles to their sustained use in everyday driving.
Description: This article is Restricted Access. The article was published in the journal, Applied Ergonomics [© Elsevier] and is available at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00036870
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/3048
ISSN: 0030-6870
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