Exposing older adults to self-driving technology improves perceptions on safety, usefulness

  • Date: 09/02/2021

Exposing older adults to self-driving vehicle technology improved their perceptions about its safety, trust and usefulness, according to a new study. The researchers said the findings could benefit healthcare professionals seeking alternative transportation options for those who no longer drive.

The research, from the University of Florida and University of Alabama at Birmingham, surveyed 104 older drivers in Florida about their perceptions of autonomous vehicle, or AV, technology. The older adults also experienced AV technology through driving simulation scenarios.

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