Bryan Reimer speaks at the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance Annual Meeting

Wed, 10/15/2014

Dr. Bryan Reimer, Research Scientist at the MIT AgeLab and Associate Director of the New England University Transportation Center, presented at the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance Annual Meeting in Killington Vermont October 14, 2014. In his talk titled, “Human Centered Considerations: Future Vehicles & the Aging Operator,” he described a vision for the future of older adult mobility in a radically changing operational environment that includes advanced driver assistance systems and increased automation. He described some of the major human factors challenges for safe mobility in an increasingly automated transportation system. Automated driving systems, such as collision mitigation or automated emergency braking, if appropriately deployed, can support increased and safer mobility for older adults living in rural America. He highlighted recent research on the demands of voice based in-vehicle systems. With the recent implementation of a hand-held device ban in Vermont, voice interfaces may provide for an acceptable and potentially safer alternative. Some of Dr. Reimer’s thoughts in the area of automation can be found in the article “Driver Assistance Systems and the Transition to Automated Vehicles: A Path to Increase Older Adult Safety and Mobility?” that appeared in the Winter 2014 edition of the Public Policy & Aging Report.


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