Reducing Older Driver Crashes: Technology, Training and Livable Communities

Adults seventy years old and older are at a greatly inflated risk of crashing at intersections. This problem will only worsen as the number of baby boomers swells the ranks of older adults. Recent studies have identified advances in technology that make it possible to reduce the unsafe behaviors that lead to these crashes and provide customized feedback and training to older drivers. In one such study, older drivers' vehicles were equipped with cameras that could be used to determine whether drivers scanned in intersections for potential threats from the side or in front. They did so in only 40% of the intersections. Those who were filmed were then assigned to one of two training groups. Individuals in the active training group were (a) shown examples from his or her own video in which the individual failed to look at intersections for threat vehicles and (b) allowed to practice looking for threat vehicles at intersections on an advanced driving simulator. Those in the passive training group were given only a lecture in which they were told explicitly that they needed to look for potential threat vehicles at intersections. Evaluated two years later, the active training group looked for potential threats at 80% of the intersections, up from 40% before training. The passive training group continued to look for threat vehicles only 40% of the time. This project is proposing a program of research in which to develop and evaluate both iPad and low-cost driving simulator-based training programs that can be freely and widely disseminated, eliminating the need for videotaping in the field and high-cost driving simulators. The project will evaluate 63 older adults in the field before and after training using an eye tracker to record glance behavior at intersections. Crash and citations records will be gathered as well. The modules are designed to complement broader older driver training programs like those developed by the AAA or the AARP.


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  • Status: Completed
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    Department of Transportation
    1200 New Jersey Avneue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Performing Organizations:

    New England University Transportation Center

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 40-279
    Cambridge, MA  United States  01239
  • Start Date: 20120101
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20160131
  • Source Data: RiP Project 33386

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01489786
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC01, UMAR24-25
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 15 2013 1:01AM