Transportation & Livable Communities

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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 across ages in the United States and around the world.


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AgeLab's research about transportation and livable communities spans a variety of topics. Learn about some of our projects here.

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Advanced Vehicle Technology (AVT) Consortium

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Advanced Human Factors Evaluation for Automotive Demand (AHEAD) Consortium

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Economics and Policies of a Highly Automated Mobility System


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AgeLab researchers use a range of methods to understand people's attitudes and experiences.

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AGNES (Age Gain Now Empathy System)

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Delayed Digit Recall (n-back) Task

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The MIT AgeLab collaborates with its sponsors to conduct research to develop original insights, data and platforms for innovation.

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AgeLab research papers on a range of associated themes.


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