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Protocols


At EU level, vehicles are subject to a stringent regime of automotive directives to which all standard vehicles have to comply. Most legislation for car-adaptation is at national level and differs across the EU member states. Part of the car-adaptation industry has worked hard and consciously to design and manufacture products that fall within the national legislation(s), and also comply to industry and/or in-house standards for product performance and product liability. This requires in-depth knowledge and qualified personnel. Being aware of the importance of making car-adaptations safe, and also realising that the expertise in this field is relatively scarce, the leading car-adaptation companies in the EU joined efforts to make the existing knowledge available by developing industry protocols for the adaptation of vehicles for drivers with physical and/or cognitive limitations. For the content of the protocols, CAPI draws upon existing knowledge within the industry as well as available standards, (national) best practise documents, (voluntary) accreditation schemes around the world and the results of the QUAVADIS project.

The development of the protocols is done by industry experts within working groups.
The following working groups are currently established:
A – seating
B – mechanical systems
C – high tech systems
D – human factors

All working groups have been very active over the past period and as of October 2009 there are six draft protocols are available, including:
  • seating
  • mechanical systems
  • high tech systems - interfaces
  • high tech systems - braking systems
  • high tech systems - steering systems
  • general requirements
For CAPI contributors, the draft protocols are available as downloads after login.

For information on human factors you are advised to have a look at the PORTARE Handbook of Disabled Driver Assessment.