Rearview Video System Training for Older Drivers

The project will assess the effectiveness of the Rearview Video Systems (RVS) training video developed as a part of a previous project (Older Driver Rearview Video Systems) in improving safe backing performance of older drivers. Participants will include ‘young-old’ (60 participants age 60-69) and ‘old-old’ (60 participants age 70+) drivers, in a controlled field study on a closed course. Participants are to be active drivers with little or no experience using an RVS. Half of the participants from each age group will be assigned to a training group that views the RVS training video. The remainder, assigned to the control group, will view a similar-length traffic safety video unrelated to backing or RVS use. Sex equity will be considered by ensuring similar portions of males and females in all four groups. In addition, the plan will recruit participants from a wide cross-section of the population in the study area to ensure people of various demographics have equal opportunity to volunteer to participate. The study’s key research question is "to what extent does viewing an RVS training video that provides instruction on proper use of RVS that address errors observed in participants in the previous Older Driver Rearview Video Systems study improve older drivers’ backing performance when using an RVS?" The study will compare measures of backing performance (e.g., errors, contacts with obstacles) and of eye glance measures (e.g., the RVS, mirrors, or over their shoulder) during backing of the training and control groups. The results will be distributed to the public in a final report. If promising, the training video also will be distributed to the public.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $562794
    • Contract Numbers:



    • Sponsor Organizations:

      National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, D.C.  United States  20590

      Office of Behavioral Safety Research

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, District of Columbia  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, D.C.  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Sifrit, Kathy

    • Performing Organizations:

      TransAnalytics, LLC

      336 West Broad Street
      Quakertown, PA  United States  18951
    • Principal Investigators:

      Sifrit, Kathy

    • Start Date: 20220921
    • Expected Completion Date: 20241231
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: Behavioral Safety Research
    • Subprogram: Older Driver

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01861166
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
    • Contract Numbers: 693JJ921D000035 , 693JJ922F00137N
    • Files: RIP, USDOT
    • Created Date: Oct 14 2022 4:17PM