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Exploring New Roads with Virtual Reality

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: October 23rd, 2017 | 0 Comments

DriverLab is the only simulator of its kind in Canada and offers a safe way to study a range of human variables in realistic traffic and weather conditions. It’s housed in the iDAPT Centre for Rehabilitation Research’s Challenging Environment Assessment Labs (CEAL) in the basement of Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. “What we learn here could pave the way to help seniors maintain the ability to drive through something like a conditional license that would allow them to drive on city streets during the day. We’re also looking into whether cars should be equipped to recognize drowsiness in the driver and respond by turning the radio up or rolling down the windows to keep the driver awake,” says Geoff Fernie, a professor in the Department of Surgery and Toronto Rehabilitation Research Institute Director. For the full article, please visit University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine online. Below is an excerpt of the interview with Dr. Fernie.  

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The Netherlands Consul General visits DriverLab during Inauguration

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: October 13th, 2017 | 0 Comments

[caption id="attachment_2292" align="aligncenter" width="680"] From left to right Dr. Geoff Fernie, Institute Director TRI-UHN, Consul General Anne Le Guellec, IDT president Dr. Sunjoo Advani, and Policy Advisor Carlijn Lubbinge.[/caption] 13 October 2017 - As part of the official opening ceremonies of DriverLab at the University Health Network, Consul General of the Netherlands Anne Le Guellec visited - and drove - this unique simulator. During the past five years, the Netherlands-based company IDT has worked intensely with the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute to create DriverLab. This simulator will help improve road safety through better understanding of how age-related factors such as reduced vision, cognitive deficiencies and the use of medications affect driver safety. It will also be used to help design better feedback systems for future cars that help drivers with increasing limitations. Finally, it will help develop new licensing standards. The visit by the Consul General Le Guellec and Policy Advisor Carlijn Lubbinge helped acknowledge the close collaboration between the organizations, and generated interest in future bi-lateral studies. “Safe roads are in everyone’s best interests, and we want to ensure that knowledge is shared between our nations”, according to Ms. Le Guellec. “The Netherlands welcomes collaboration with Canada, since both nations are strong in transportation safety research”. “As the population ages, driving privileges must be in line with their actual abilities, and not subjectively defined limits”, says IDT president Dr. Sunjoo Advani. “DriverLab will open doors for multi-national collaboration to working together. Besides building the simulator together, Canada and the Netherlands share a common interest in road safety, operate highways with high traffic densities, and have growing elderly populations. Testing out DriverLab, Consul General of The Netherlands Anne Le Guellec (left) and Policy Advisor Carlijn Lubbinge (right)

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Toronto institute’s DriverLab studies people instead of cars

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: October 13th, 2017 | 0 Comments

Driving simulators have long been a part of the automotive industry, but the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute’s DriverLab goes beyond that, incorporating them into their CEAL program: Challenging Environment Assessment Lab. See the full report and video at Driving.ca.

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GlobalNews.ca visits most advanced driving simulator in Canada

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: October 13th, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s the most advanced driving simulator in the country and it’s being used by scientists with the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. Globalnews.ca got behind the wheel. See the full video report at Globalnews.ca.

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Toronto Rehab launches Canada’s most advanced driving simulator

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: October 13th, 2017 | 0 Comments

Dr. Geoff Fernie, Research Director at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, tells about DriverLab at AM 640 radio. Listen to the podcast at AM 640 Radio.

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CityNews Toronto learns about driving and the effects of opioids

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: October 13th, 2017 | 0 Comments

“We don’t know if the pain affects their driving ability,” she said. “But these painkillers, especially opioids, they can affect your ability to concentrate. They can make the person sleepy”, Dr. Andrea Furlan, a chronic pain physician at Toronto Rehab says. See the full video report at CityNews Toronto.

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Improving Health and Safety on the Roads – CTV reports

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: October 13th, 2017 | 0 Comments

CTV News Toronto visits DriverLab at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. See the full video report at CTV News Toronto.

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IDT’s DriverLab Simulator officially opened in Toronto, Canada

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: October 13th, 2017 | 0 Comments

IDT’s unique DriverLab simulator has been officially opened as the final part of the the iDAPT labs at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute-University Health Network (TRI-UHN). The simulator is designed to study the impact of our health on driving performance, with an aim to increase driver safety in healthy older adults and people living with injury or illness. DriverLab was designed, developed and integrated under the leadership of IDT in close co-operation with TRI-UHN and partners. “What makes DriverLab unique is how the technology was driven by the user requirements”, according to IDT president Dr. Sunjoo Advani. “As we age, our ability to drive at night and in challenging weather conditions increases the risk of accidents. Elderly drivers are more risk prone since they often require medication, which can lead to drowsiness -or, they may have cognitive deficiencies, such as dementia. Creating these challenges on the road for testing drivers is nearly impossible, and unsafe.”

Real Rain

IDT produced a simulator with real weather, augmented with computer-generated images. In DriverLab, IDT built a special spraying system to create rain on the windshield, and re-circulate the water. While driving in crowded traffic, for example, the rain suddenly starts pouring down. "The fact that you need to use the real windshield wipers, that you need to slow down due to visibility, that you feel your hands gripping the steering wheel tightly - and actually believe that you have to worry about getting wet when you get out of the “car” is a true accomplishment in simulation technology”. DriverLab is the most advanced driving simulator in Canada and unique in the world, in terms of the realistic experience it offers drivers. DriverLab will establish Canada as a global leader in safe driving research. DriverLab's innovative technology comes at a time when vehicle collisions represent the number-one cause of accidental death in Canada, and cost Canadians $62.7 billion per year. Global numbers are equally staggering: Every year, 1.24 million people around the world die in motor vehicle collisions and up to 50 million people suffer from disabling injuries.

Reducing Vehicle Collisions

The outcomes of DriverLab research will help reduce the emotional, physical, and financial costs of vehicle collisions, by reducing their occurrence. "DriverLab deals with an issue ​that is not just technical, but a very important social issue that puts stress in people's lives," says Dr. Geoff Fernie, Research Institute Director, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. "We're motivated to solve problems that really affect people." DriverLab is an integral part of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute’s CEAL simulation facility, which was also developed by IDT from 2003 to 2012, when the DriverLab project started. IDT is a leader in the design and development of unique simulators for automotive, medical research and flight training. The company has been involved in the development of over 35 simulators for companies including BMW, Boeing, NASA, the German aeronautical lab DLR, the Dutch National Aerospace Lab, and several universities. IDT also supports the global airline industry in enhancing its operational safety standards through better pilot training.

Media

To view the full press release by University Health Network, please visit UHN.ca. More media coverage and videos are available through CTV Toronto News, Global News Canada, An interview by Dr. Geoff Fernie, Research Institute Director at TRI-UHN at AM640 Radio. More media updates will follow.

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IDT at DSC 2017

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: September 5th, 2017 | 0 Comments

The 2017 edition of the DSC conference will be held 6-8 September in Stuttgart (Germany). The goal of this international conference is to propose to academics and practitioners an all-round view of the state of the art of driving simulation technology, research and development. As an expert in driving simulation, IDT will be attending this conference to meet with representatives of the world’s leading car manufacturers, suppliers, driving simulator owners and researchers. We are thrilled to present and inform you about DriverLab, a state-of-the-art driving research simulator at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute which we developed and commissioned earlier this year. We welcome you and are looking forward to meet you at the conference!

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Fasten your Seatbelt!

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: June 27th, 2017 | 0 Comments

Clear Air Turbulence (CAT) is responsible for multiple in-flight incidents resulting in many injured passengers every year, some of them even with serious injuries requiring hospitalization. Whether the incidents are a result of climate changes or increased operations and routes through crossing jet streams, it is a serious risk to passengers and crew onboard. A summary of CAT-related incidents that happened in the past years can be found on Aviation Voice website. While it is always recommended to keep your seatbelt fastened during the flight, it is not always mandatory or desirable. When the 'fasten seatbelt' sign is turned off, most passengers take it as a call to unbuckle. But they don't have to. Better education and instruction may help passengers to be more aware of the risks of turbulence which may suddenly appear during the flight. Even if you're loosen your seatbelt while seated, it is still safer than entirely unfastening your seatbelt. For flight crews, awareness and recognition is the best tool to minimize the risk of encountering CAT. Awareness of jet streams in the vicinity, flight level, weather conditions and changes in wind speed and direction may help pilots to better predict if there's an increased risk of encountering severe turbulence. CAT is also a known cause of potential aircraft environment-induced upsets, including mountain waves, windshear, microbursts and wake turbulence. Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) refreshes the pilots knowledge on these risks and teaches the necessary skills to prevent and manage potential environment-induced upsets. If you want to learn more about other causes of upsets and how UPRT helps pilots to deal with situations like this, please visit IDT's dedicated UPRT website at UPRT.aero.

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DriverLab Safety Tests and Research Workshop

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: March 1st, 2017 | 0 Comments

Another milestone for DriverLab. In February 2017, IDT and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute have completed the safety tests with DriverLab. Safety is a particularly critical aspect of this unique driving simulator as we will be evaluating driving skills of the elderly and disabled individuals. It was also essential for DriverLab to pass the safety tests as from March 6 to 7, driving simulation researchers from all over the world have been invited at the Toronto Rehabilitation for the DriverLab Research Workshop. During the workshop, participants will explore and discuss the challenging aspects and opportunities of driving simulation, road safety and research.

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Tip Till You Slip

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: February 17th, 2017 | 0 Comments

Toronto Rehab is using the CEAL simulator to test winter boots and get reliable slip resistance results from having participants walk back and forth on an ice floor while slowly increasing the angle of the floor. The test are performed in the WinterLab payload, a simulation environment which has a real ice floor and which can be tipped to an angle. Different type of winter shoes and boots from different manufacturers are tested and rated. Want to check how safe your boots are? Check the results on the website ratemythreads.com.

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