Drs. Classen and Vandeweerd (Co-PI) and their team of co-investigators (Drs. Mason and Stetten) and industry partner Mark Reid from Beep received a Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Grant (Project ID: TEO-22-04) to assess older adults’ perceptions before and after exposure to autonomous ride sharing services to inform education, practice, and policy.
This study aims to assess the efficacy of autonomous in-vehicle technologies to mitigate functional deficits and improve driving performance in persons with Parkinson’s disease (PD). The study findings will illustrate provide valuable recommendations to drivers with PD, the clinical community, and the industry as well as explore the adoption practices of this emerging technology.
The grant has the goal to determine older adults’ perceptions before and after exposure to autonomous ride sharing services. The information is critical for informing education, practice, and policy initiatives pertaining to facilitators and challenges for autonomous ride sharing services.
This study will assess the perceptions of rural Veterans before and after riding in the EasyMile EZ10 automated shuttle. We will also conduct focus groups to obtain Veterans' perceptions after riding in the automated shuttle.
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.
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.
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.
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.