Ype de Boer, master's student in applied cognitive psychology is doing research on visibility of visually impaired and blind people in traffic as part of his master's thesis.
His supervisor at Utrecht University is Albert Postma, professor of clinical neuropsychology.
In the first part of the study, he looked at the reaction of motorists to methods that make you more visible at night.
He looked at the vest with reflection stripes, biomotion reflectors and the Light-Up Cane: do motorists stop (sooner) when they see these lighting methods, was the question he wanted to answer at Bartiméus' request.
In collaboration with Utrecht University, an exploratory study is also being conducted into how (un)safe blind and visually impaired people feel at night. This involves in-depth interviews with 10 people who are recruited through the Eye Society.