Transportation & Community

Transportation & Community

Transportation is critical to everyday life. More than simply getting from point A to point B, transportation is the key to independence, freedom and meaningful engagement for older people. Sponsored by the US Department of Transportation New England University Transportation Center, the insurance industry, Santos Family Foundation, automobile industry, pharmaceutical manufacturers and selected governments around the world, AgeLab’s research addresses transportation safety, impact of health, wellness and medication use on operator performance, personal transportation choices, future travel demand, the promise and trade-offs of new technologies in the automobile, vehicle services and design, and mobility alternatives in the context of livable communities in the United States and around the world. 

 

Selected projects include:

In collaboration with the global auto industry, researchers from MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Microsystems Technologies Laboratory, the AgeLab is conducting extensive...
AgeLab does not view age as a predictor of driver safety. Working with Harvard Medical School and its affiliate hospitals, we are conducting a wide range of laboratory driving simulation and on-road...
AgeLab’s AGNES, Age Gain Now Empathy System, is being used by students and researchers to obtain a personal understanding of the ‘friction points’ in the transportation system for...
In collaboration with MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory or CSAIL, this project will explore the potential of a user friendly, natural speech based information inquiry...
This study explores the extent to which Baby Boomers and older adults take mobility and transportation issues into consideration as they make individual residential and lifestyle plans for their...
Automobiles have always been a showcase for the newest and latest technology. From the GM Motorama concept cars of the 1950’s to the cars on dealer lots today, the automobile has been an...
Driver distraction has long been considered an area of great concern. The introduction of radio to vehicles in the 1920’s resulted in large public debate that included claims that it would...
Previous AgeLab research showed different patterns of physiological response were observed between younger and older drivers during a simulated cellular telephone conversation. Results of the study...
This study explores the impact of caregiving for older adults on mobility and travel patterns. Specifically, the focus is on how caregivers manage trips on behalf of another who receives care....
How are transportation planners and policy makers responding to the coming mobility demands of the United States’ aging baby boomers? Previous research (pre-SAFETEA-LU) was conducted surveying...

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