Edmunds.com produced two video clips featuring AgeLab and New England Center research. Click on the titles of each segment to watch the videos.
In Safety Lies in the Eye of the Driver, AgeLab Research Scientist Bryan Reimer discusses his research in physiological measures of a driver’s attention while driving. One measure, eye-tracking, is used to determine how increased glances off the roadway lead to more accidents, while a dead stare straight ahead can be a sign of fatigue or less attention to the road.
Reimer notes that he has seen very little difference in cardiovascular reactivity to demand among drivers in different age groups. He stresses that health determines reactivity, while age alone does not.
In Learning to Drive with Automation, Reimer introduces the AwareCar, which contains automation features used to test subjects on their levels of trust and desire to use new technologies. He demonstrates automated steering during a parallel parking maneuver, explaining that the AgeLab and New England Center use both objective and subjective methods of assessing driver reaction to new technologies.