Addressing the Driving Needs of Short Stature Persons

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT57-08-C-10044
Agency Tracking Number: DTRT57-08-C-10044
Amount: $299,992.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solitcitation Year: 2004
Solitcitation Topic Code: 04-NH1
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Safe Inc.
5032 S. Ash Avenue, suite 101, Tempe, AZ, 85282-6842
Duns: 116749289
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stanley Desjardins
 (480) 820-2032
Business Contact
 Michael Haerle
Title: Finance/Contracts
Phone: (480) 820-2032
Research Institution
Phase I research on the development of a supplemental seating system for short stature drivers was undertaken by Safe Inc. in 2005. The purpose of Phase I was to demonstrate the feasibility of a device that would improve the ability of short stature drivers to safely operate a motor vehicle and to improve occupant crash safety. The study sought to examine the use of pedal extenders and other improvised devices used by short stature drivers to adjust their seating height and/or reach while seated in and while operating a driving simulator. Additionally, several frontal collision scenarios were simulated (with and without an airbag deployment) using FEA methodologies. Finally, a limited assessment of the market feasibility of a supplemental seating device was performed. Phase II research is proposed to assess technologies that may be available to aid short stature drivers and to develop and test a prototype device. A literature study will be conducted; information will be sought from trade associations, dealers, and individuals through the conduct of focus groups. A group of short stature people will participated in a Driver Performance Assessment on an open-air, closed circuit driving range to evaluate the utility of the supplemental seating aid.

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