Exploring Younger and Older Driver’s Trust, Attention and Workload During Vehicle Automation

Published: June 10th, 2020

Category: Autonomous Vehicles, Research

Project Director

Justin Mason, PhD


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

Project Personnel

Wayne Giang, PhD

Jason Rogers, BS

Funding Source

University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)


The Department of Occupational Therapy’s Institute for Mobility, Activity, and Participation team is collaborating with the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering to assess younger and older drivers’ trust, attention, mental workload, and driving performance when using adaptive cruise control (ACC). Furthermore, younger and older drivers’ knowledge of ACC will be assessed before and after being exposed to this automated vehicle technology. Findings will inform researchers and vehicle manufacturers to develop educational material to train drivers to safely use ACC.