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

Published: Jun 10th, 2020

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.

Drs. Classen and Mason attend Autonomous Shuttle launch in Gainesville

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

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.

UF team members for autonomous vehicle project

UF & UAB’s Phase I Demonstration Study: Older Driver Experiences with Autonomous Vehicle Technology

Published: Sep 11th, 2018

The University of Florida’s Institute for Mobility, Activity and Participation is working in collaboration with the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the City of Gainesville to study the implications of integrating autonomous vehicle technology. Phase 1 of the autonomous vehicle research will focus on the perception, values, beliefs and attitudes of drivers 65 years or older while utilizing a driving simulator and an autonomous vehicle.

Smart Features for Older Drivers Version 3

Smart Features for Older Drivers Version 3

Published: Apr 16th, 2017

Building on previous collaborations with the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (2007; 2011), the University of Florida’s Institute for Mobility, Activity and Participation will provide expert services to revise and compile version 3 of the Smart Features for Older Drivers initiative.

Effectiveness of a Driving Intervention on Safe Community Mobility for Returning Combat Veterans

Published: Jan 11th, 2017

This randomized controlled trial extends our prior DOD funded study “Efficacy of a Driving Program on Safe Community Mobility for Combat Veterans” conducted 2011-2016.

Efficacy of a Driving Program on Safe Community Mobility for Combat Veterans

Published: Jan 10th, 2017

The overarching objective of this proposal was to discern, after clinical and simulated driving performance testing, if an Occupational Therapy Driving Intervention (OT-DI) improved veterans’ driving performance (less errors when assessed on simulator) over the short term (immediately following intervention) and intermediate term (3 months).

Find a Ride Florida web page

Aging Road User Information Systems

Published: Jan 10th, 2017

This project supports Florida Department of Transportation’s Safe Mobility for Life Coalition and the Aging Road User Strategic plan through provision of a database linked to the Coalition’s Safe and Mobile Seniors website, Find A Ride page.

Efficacy of the DriveFocus Application on the Simulated Driving Performance of Healthy Teen Drivers

Published: Jan 9th, 2017

Dr. Sherrilene Classen led the i-Mobile Research Lab, University of Western Ontario, to examine the efficacy of DriveFocus as an intervention on the visual scanning of critical roadway information and adjustment to stimuli of teen novice drivers, assessed via a Drive Safety CSD-200 high fidelity driving simulator.

Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program

Published: Jan 9th, 2017

In collaboration with Stellenbosh University, Dr. Sherrilene Classen, a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow, is leading efforts with Prof. Lana van Niekerk to help reduce the number of road fatalities in South Africa.

Predictors of Fitness-to-Drive in People with Multiple Sclerosis

Published: Jul 31st, 2016

Develop a prediction battery for fitness to drive in people with MS who has cognitive impairments but not physical impairments.