Driving laboratory


  • Description
    • The Driving Laboratory's research projects aim at gaining a better understanding of what makes for a longer safe-driving career, including elements affecting driving abilities. The laboratory's research is intended to help seniors drive safely for as long as possible by promoting the use of compensatory strategies, while providing for better screening of individuals (elderly or not) who pose a genuine risk to themselves and to others on the road.

      The laboratory's equipment includes two driving simulators. One has the main components found in an automobile: steering wheel, brake pedal, and accelerator pedal. It allows users to react naturally to the conditions of a computer-based scenario displayed on a screen placed in front of them. The other simulator offers the same driving simulation possibilities but with the individual's own vehicle. The team's work also resulted in the development of an awareness tool to gauge the capacities required for safe, responsible driving, with one part for seniors (OSCAR) and one for their families (OSCARPA).

      The researchers can count on technical support from an engineer specialized in instrumenting electronic and mechanical assemblies as well as in programming and analysis.
  • Expertise
      • Driving simulation environment (STISIM)
      • Measures force, reaction time, and movement
      • Vehicle instrumentation for closed-circuit driving (force applied to the accelerator and brake pedals, vehicle speed, braking distance)
  • Researchers
    • Cécile Smeesters, Mélanie Levasseur, Hélène Corriveau, and François Cabana


Hamel, Mathieu
819 780-2220 , 45612

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