Wheelchair securement manufacturer Q'Straint has opened a new research center in the UK that includes a simulator and high-speed cameras to study the dynamics of how wheelchair passengers are affected during a crash.
The iQ Research of Center of Excellence is located at the company's Whitstable, East Kent office located about 60 miles southeast of London. Q'Straint said the state-of-the-art HYGE dynamic crash simulation system used at the facility is one of "a limited number" in the world that studies these dynamic crashes.
Q'Straint is also using Phantom high-speed cameras to study the crash dynamics.
The company added that iQ will "push further innovation and enhance the company's product development capabilities" and will increase the speed of new product releases.
"The investment in the iQ Research Center of Excellence underscores the Q'Straint commitment to advancements in research and development," said Bob Joseph, Q'Straint VP of business development. "Our new crash simulation system allows us to now study, test, certify and bring new products to market quicker than ever before, thereby improving safety for everyone while at the same time reinforcing our position as a global technology leader within the industry."