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Another safety project we found at the center was an initiative to determine how a driver can be moved closer to the center of the car. The problem has always been all the components that get in the way-the transmission tunnel, driveshaft, rear suspension, and other parts. To help determine what is going on, the center has built a test frame where the seat, pedals, and steering column all move together. That unit can be slid to different locations in the car, and engineers can determine what else needs to be redesigned to make the relocation possible.