RERC on wheelchair transportation safety spotlight series.
NARIC Accession Number: O18429. What's this? Author(s):van Roosmalen, Linda. Project Number:H133E060064. Publisher(s): Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Wheelchair Transportation Safety, University of Michigan, 2901 Baxter Road, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-2150; 734/936-1103. Publication Year: 2010. Abstract: One of the researchers from the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Wheelchair Transportation Safety talks about the project’s objective of looking at all the issues related to the safety of individuals seated in wheeled mobility devices while they are being transported or while they drive themselves in a motor vehicle. Research topics include: the safety of individuals who drive from their wheelchairs in smaller vehicles and those who are transported in larger vehicles like buses, working with industries to create industry standards as practices to improve the safety of individuals who use mobility devices, and the crashworthiness of wheelchairs and other mobility equipment. Innovations the project is working on include: products to make releasing the seatbelt easier, an easier system for securing a wheelchair, automated docking systems for individuals who drive themselves while seated in a wheelchair or use public transportation, and a system for the safety of both individuals and their mobility devices while using public transportation vehicles. This project is a collaborative effort involving the University of Michigan, the University of Louisville, and the University of Pittsburg. Run time: 5 minutes 43 seconds. Descriptor Terms: ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY, AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS, DEVICES DESIGN, DRIVING, MOTOR VEHICLES, PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, SAFETY, TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT, TRANSPORTATION, WHEELCHAIRS.
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