Detecting Early-Stage Dementia Using Naturalistic Driving

Seniors, especially those suffering from mild cognitive impairment (MCI) represent some of our most vulnerable road users. Driving behaviors may serve as an early warning sign for the detection of MCI prior to the point where cognitive tests can detect such. Detecting drivers suffering with MCI pre-diagnosis may also yield substantial safety benefits. A naturalistic driving study would provide an opportunity to observe how such individuals perform in their everyday driving routines. The primary objective of the proposed study is to collect novel NDS data from pre-diagnosis early stage AD or others who claim to experience MCI symptoms to examine their driving behaviors and performance, and to compare these with a similar aged cohort of individuals with no indication of such impairment (i.e., from the SHRP 2 NDS database). The proposed study represents a collaboration between researchers at VTTI and Penn State University. VTTI will be responsible for providing the custom-designed data acquisition system (DAS) kits and for securely managing all data collected on the DAS. PSU will be responsible for the recruitment and management of participants. PSU will also be responsible for installation and maintenance of the DAS kits, with strong support from VTTI.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $50000
    • Contract Numbers:


    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Center for Advanced Transportation Mobility

      North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
      Greensboro, NC  United States  27411

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Antin, Jon

    • Performing Organizations:

      Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

      3500 Transportation Research Plaza
      Blacksburg, Virginia  United States  24061

      Pennsylvania State University, University Park

      Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute
      Research Office Building
      University Park, PA  United States  16802-4710
    • Principal Investigators:

      Antin, Jon

    • Start Date: 20200401
    • Expected Completion Date: 20220630
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01739388
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Center for Advanced Transportation Mobility
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747125
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: May 15 2020 4:30PM