Driving Rehabilitation Laboratory (David B. Carr M.D.)

Carr Laboratory

The goal of the Driving Rehabilitation Lab is to prolong safe driving life expectancy among individuals with medical impairments. Lab researchers currently focus on understanding the neurophysiologic basis of simulated driving errors after stroke and other acute or chronic neurological diseases. We use cutting-edge technology for our studies, including an advanced research driving simulator, motorsports simulators, and eye tracking equipment. Using the technologies described below, we are defining the neurophysiologic basis of driving impairment following stroke in order to develop and test interventions that may improve driving skills. We are currently piloting use of our equipment on other patient populations, and have a portable motorsports simulator for demonstrations and flexible data collection.

Research Simulator – Our STISIM M300WS driving research simulator (Systems Technology Inc.) standardizes measurement of driving performance during strenuous events (e.g., passing other vehicles, collision avoidance), and provides customizable scenarios for broad research application.

Motorsports Simulators – Using modifications to commercial motorsports simulators, such as the Thrust Master T500RS and Assetto Corsa, we are able to gather driver performance across 100+ data channels during race conditions.

Eye Tracking –We also use Arrington Research’s ViewPoint binocular eye tracking equipment to gather eye movement data (saccadic velocity, eye-effector delay, etc.) that is embedded over video of various driving simulations and psychometric evaluation tasks.

Lab Personnel: Dr. David Carr, Lab Director, has been involved in clinical and research studies related to driving for over three decades. Dr. Annie C. Harmon, the Associate Lab Director who oversees day-to-day functions, has researched older driver safety since 2008. 

Please contact Dr. Harmon for further information about the Driving Rehabilitation Lab (annieharmon@wustl.edu).