The vehicle maintains its original internal components (e.g., steering wheel, gas/brake pedals, seats, dashboards), but also contains customizable interfaces and sophisticated measurement tools, such as an eye-tracking system. The display includes a curved dome surrounding the entire car, high resolution stereoscopic projectors, and calibration hardware and software to create a seamless 360 degree field-of-view immersive experience.
It is the function of StairsLab to investigate different stair designs for safety and utility in a variety of conditions. Examples would include emergency exits in nursing homes and hospitals, stairs in commercial premises, and others. When placed on the motion base, the lab can create falls, and simulate common problems like overstepping or understepping. Reductions of injuries from these causes have the potential to save millions of dollars each year for the health care system, reduce pain and suffering, and prevent deaths.
Persons in wheelchairs or on crutches, those with visions problems, Alzheimer’s patients, and others commonly have problems moving about in cities. StreetLab is designed to investigate these. When placed on the motion base, the lab simulates stepping down off kerbs, cracks and imperfections in sidewalks, the rumbling of heavy trucks passing by, hills, ramps, and other common conditions of moving about in cities. In StreetLab, patients walk (or roll, in the case of wheelchairs) on a treadmill as the environment unfolds about them in a realistic manner.
WinterLab is a small skating rink that can be flooded and frozen, and has facilities for creating snow and wind conditions (up to 50 km/h) to realistically simulate winter in Canada. Among the projects being investigated are the creation of special footwear for Canada Post, the design of wheelchairs that can function well in snow and ice conditions, and others involving mobility problems in winter. When placed on the motion base, WinterLab can simulate wheelchair ramps, hills, and other realistic problems.