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Mid-America Transportation Center

Older Driver’s Acceptance of In-vehicle Systems and the Effect it has on Safety


Researchers

  • Principal Investigator: Dawn Marshall (319) 335-4774)
  • Project Status
    In Progress
    About this Project
    Brief Project Description & Background
    This project will involve a comprehensive literature review that will be used to identify technologies, factors, and situations that directly affect the safety of older drivers. Using the information gained from the literature review, a rating system will be constructed and used to rate the technologies according to their weighted factors. Finally, older drivers’ acceptance of these technologies will be assessed using focus groups and surveys. The degree of acceptance will be weighted and factored into an overall safety score.
    Research Objective
    Our objectives are to identify, rate, and rank current and future technologies that affect the safety of older drivers. It will focus on technologies and factors specific to older drivers, and will also rate their acceptance level of these technologies. It is our goal to identify which technologies are most useful to older drivers and which factors determine this usefulness.
    Potential Benefits
    Older drivers make up the fastest growing sector of the driving population in the United States. They also exhibit an overrepresentation of injuries due to vehicular crashes. Determining which driving technologies and factors are most useful and acceptable to older drivers will potentially increase their effectiveness and their use, resulting in fewer injuries.
    Abstract
    Our objectives are to identify, rate, and rank current and future technologies that affect the safety of older drivers, and to then determine their acceptance of those technologies. New vehicle-based safety systems have emerged in the U.S. vehicle fleet in recent years. This project will identify and evaluate those in-vehicle systems that affect the safety of older drivers. Using NADS’s extensive experience with vehicle safety systems and older drivers, a safety system ranking will be established by taking the composite safety rating of each in-vehicle technology and comparing it to the crash risk and potential safety benefits of other available technologies. Older drivers’ acceptance of these technologies will be assessed using a focus group setting, and surveys and will factor into an overall safety score.  
    Project Amount
    $ $37,713