Self-Driving Cars Could Change the Way You Get Around in Retirement

Self-Driving Cars Could Change the Way You Get Around in Retirement

Thu, 10/11/2018

AgeLab Director Joseph Coughlin is interviewed in a CNBC story about the potential of autonomous vehicles to enable mobility for older adults:

'"We are so enamored with the George Jetson idea that the car is going to pull up, you're going to jump in, and the car is just going to whiz you away," Coughlin said.

But what we really need to think about is how the elderly who cannot drive will interact with the vehicles.

"The older people who can't drive — whether it is a cognition issue, health issue, physical disability issue — who gets them in the car?" Coughlin said. "And if your mom's not cognitively well enough to drive, does she ride in the robot car by herself?"

Addressing the big questions related to infrastructure and the technology could take years to solve, according to Coughlin.'

The article also mentions AgeLab's driving simulator, Miss Daisy, which Dr. Coughlin refers to as a "lie detector on wheels"-- a way to investigate how drivers actually behave.

Read the full story here.

 

 

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