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Driving simulator




Effects of technology on a virtual reality-simulated driving performance for diabetics with peripheral polyneuropathy




One of the most common complications of diabetes mellitus is polyneuropathy. It manifests in the extremities, particularly in the feet. Due to the absent or reduced afferent information, which pertains to, among other things, sensory information and proprioception, the driving performance may be impeded or impaired. We want to counteract this with modern technology.


goals and approach

In an interdisciplinary team, we have built a lifelike driving simulation that makes use of state-of-the-art virtual reality technology. Various challenges of everyday driving can be tested in a safe setting. This includes, among other things, the adjustment of one’s own driving speed including accelerations and decelerations.


Who can participate

Admitted to participate in the trial are active car drivers (at least 2x per month) that have type 2 diabetes and a peripheral polyneuropathy. Your one-time participation will be individually arranged with you and takes place in the Von-Siebold-Straße 3 in Göttingen. The duration of the experiment (approx. 4.5 hours) including your travelling time to and from the study will be remunerated with 10 euros per hour.


More information and study participation

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