DIOR: Automated seatbelt for wheelchair drivers

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A power wheelchair-seated driver is restrained by the DIOR system

Drivers that stay seated in their wheelchairs often have great difficulty buckling up their seat belts when driving in their own vehicles. The idea for the DiOR was conceived by Linda van Roosmalen and Ilona de Jongh as part of their involvement at the University of Pittsburgh Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Wheelchair Transportation Safety. This invention is patent pending and a detailed description can be accessed here

Q'Straint took the design further into a manufacturable and easy to install commercial product. The DiOR is fully crash tested and sold in combination with the QLK an automated docking system for wheelchair-seated drivers. 

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A power wheelchair secured by a QLK and 

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The DIOR (and QLK) installed in the driver station ready for use

Funding for the development of the DiOR was provided by the National Institutes on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and the Department of Education through the RERC on Wheelchair Transportation Safety at the Universities of Pittsburgh, Michigan and Louisville.

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