Limitations or failures in human performance cause as many as 85% of transportation-related deaths. Among a host of emerging issues in this area, the topic of performance limitations of inexperienced and aging drivers is increasingly demanding attention on a national level.
This roundtable analyzed and explored driver performance limitations at both ends of the driver age spectrum. Motor vehicle fatalities, injuries and accidents are disproportionately high in these two groups. Invited participants had the opportunity to discuss the following areas of inquiry:
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Welcome and Introduction
Robert Johns Associate Administrator and Director of the Volpe Center
Is there a Need to Design Policy and Technology Based on Age?
Stephen Popkin, PhD Director, Human Factors Research and System Applications
Are Younger and Older Drivers Safer Than They Used to Be?
Anne McCartt, PhD Senior Vice President for Research, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
New Transportation Technologies Bring New Policy Challenges: Social, Safety & Liability Implications of Driving in the Digital Age
Joseph Coughlin, PhD, Founder and Director, MIT Age Lab and Director of the New England University Transportation Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Hazard Anticipation and Attention Maintenance: New Training Programs Reduce Behaviors Associated with the Crashes of Novice and Older Drivers on the Open Road Up to One Year After Training
Donald Fisher, PhD, MPH Professor and Department Head Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Massachusetts - Amherst