UF & UAB’s Phase II Demonstration Study: Developing a Model to Support Transportation System Decisions considering the Experiences of Drivers of all Age Groups with Autonomous Vehicle Technology

Published: May 15th, 2020

Category: Autonomous Vehicles, Research

Project Director

Sherrilene Classen, PhD, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA, FGSA

Project Personnel

Virginia P. Sisiopiku, PhD

Justin Mason, PhD

Jason Rogers, BS

Funding Source

Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center (STRIDE)

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The Department of Occupational Therapy’s Institute for Mobility, Activity, and Participation team is collaborating with the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the City of Gainesville to better understand how younger and middle-aged drivers’ perceptions change after exposure to automated vehicle technology. Similar to the Phase I study, which assessed older adults’ perceptions of automated vehicles, participants will be exposed to the autonomous mode of driving simulator and an automated -shuttle operating in downtown Gainesville. Findings will inform policymakers, industry and rehabilitation scientists on perceptions of pre and exposure of this population.

Listed on page 3 of the STRIDE Active Research Projects.