PW 2532 Use of a car-driving simulator in rehabilitation and driving assessment of patients after trauma

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Abstract

Method

A driving simulator software was tested in a transportable module in a university outpatient clinic. The test route included different topics (passing a camper on a narrow road, bicycles approaching, pedestrian crossing unexpectedly, ‘annoying other trafficant’ stopping suddenly, passing trucks on a highway in heavy rain and evening light).

Results

In contrast to previous pilot routes all 45 testpersons except four completed the route. None developed driving sickness. Driving time differed from 3–12 min for completion of the route. Adherence to precise driving varied with age (eg not hitting pedestrians or bicycles) and a larger proportion of elderly and women had difficulties passing the camper on the narrow road). User evaluation clearly indicated need for pre-test adaptation with regular driving before experiencing ‘planned’ disturbances.

Conclusion

Even short tests of driving in a simulator can show variability among drivers, which indicates a potential role in future valid reproducible driving tests and subsequently rehabilitation of patients

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