JOYSTICK CONTROLLED CARS FOR DRIVERS WITH REDUCED MOBILITY

Autores UPV
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CONGRESO JOYSTICK CONTROLLED CARS FOR DRIVERS WITH REDUCED MOBILITY

Abstract

Driving motor vehicles by People with Reduced Mobility (PMR) has always been regarded by administrations as an anomaly that from the technical and legal environment has generated a number of restrictive barriers that especially affects the legislation related to the process for obtaining the driving license. This paper present a new assessment procedure developed in the project Joystick for Driving (J4D), promoted and funded by ONCE Foundation with the technical collaboration of the University Polytechnic of Valencia (Spain). The project was conceived for evaluating severely disabled drivers suffering from illness who impaired them to drive a motor vehicle due to sever disability in Spain. The aim of this new assessment was based on performing a series of practical tests divided into two phases. The first phase of the assessment requires the use of a new experimental tool, consisting of a simulator allowing the safely measurement of all the parameters needed to determine the residual capacities for driving in a Joystick adapted vehicle. The second phase includes a series of practical driving tests on a closed circuit. The result of this two-phase assessment ensures that the driver is able to fulfill the minimum driving requirements needed for obtaining the driving license.