IPMR debuts state of the art driving simulator

By WEEK Producer

September 20, 2013 Updated Sep 20, 2013 at 8:41 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, or IPMR, is boasting of a new state of the art driving simulator.

The purpose of the simulator is to test for difficulties drivers with health issues may have. That includes anything from ADHD to mobility problems.

More than 200 driving scenarios and 39 lessons are possible on the new simulator.

For people who are physically challenged, the program helps determine the proper adaptive controls.

"This will allow us to test reaction time, but will also allow us to look at their safety when driving. Can they stay in their lane? Can they maintain their speed when driving and overall driving capabilities,” said Occupational Therapist Sarah Stomberg.

The evaluation tests for range of motion, strength, vision, cognition, and reaction time.

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