Emerging In-Vehicle Technologies and Driver Age

In recent years, the national debate on senior driver issues has increased substantially, with much of it focused on driver screening, training, and road improvements. In addition, vehicle manufacturers claim that they are making plans to accommodate the aging population, however, many experts are disappointed with the slow progress, and question whether the industry is fully committed to ensuring new technologies are safe. When new in-vehicle technologies emerge on the market, they usually appear first on "top of the line" cars, which are often purchased by older drivers who can afford them. Thus, by default, a large proportion of drivers "testing" emerging in-vehicle technologies tend to be older, potentially creating a safety problem for this increasing segment of the motoring public. This project, co-funded by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will produce the most comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of the vehicle technologies that are available and describe what is known about their safety impacts. In addition, thousands of drivers who have experience with selected technologies will be surveyed to gain insight into any age-related differences in their understanding, acceptance, and use of the technologies. The project will increase expert and public understanding of the safety implications of new in-vehicle technologies and motivate automobile manufacturers to pay attention to what consumers want, need, and should have in their vehicles.


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    • Status: Active
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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

      AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

      607 14th Street, NW
      Washington, DC  United States  2005
    • Project Managers:

      Osberg, J

    • Performing Organizations:

      Westat, Incorporated

      1650 Research Boulevard
      Rockville, MD  United States  20850

      Automobile Club of Southern California

      3333 Fairview Road A131
      Costa Mesa, CA  United States  92626
    • Start Date: 20050900
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20070000
    • Source Data: RiP Project 11305

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01458540
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
    • Files: RiP, USDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 12:45PM