Using Vehicle Instrumentation to Better Understand the Transitioning Process: An Exploratory Study

Very little is known about the trip-specific driving patterns of older drivers and how these change over time, particularly as older adults begin to experience declines in functioning that can affect driving. Dementia represents a unique challenge for driving as it not only affects cognitive skills critical for driving, but also those skills necessary to benefit from self-regulation and planning for driving transition. Recent advances in technology make it possible to examine driving patterns for driver trips, using global positioning system (GPS) technology. This exploratory study is intended to assess the driving patterns of older drivers using objective measures of driving, and compare these patterns among older drivers with and without cognitive impairment. The specific aims are to: (1) develop tools for examining driving patterns in older drivers using Geographic Information System (GIS) data linked to GPS data that could be used in large-scale longitudinal studies; (2) use these tools to examine differences between older drivers with and without cognitive impairment; and (3) use these tools as a first step in validating a questionnaire on self-regulation of driving pilot-tested in a previous M-CASTL project.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $385045.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    F023632

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Center for Advancing Safe Transportation Throughout the Lifespan

    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Ann Arbor, MI  United States  48109-2150
  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    Transportation Research Institute, Behavioral Sciences Group
    2901 Baxter Road
    Ann Arbor, MI  United States  48109-1250
  • Principal Investigators:

    Eby, David

  • Start Date: 20090915
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20110331
  • Source Data: RiP Project 23452

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01461962
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Advancing Safe Transportation Throughout the Lifespan
  • Contract Numbers: F023632
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:55PM