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Jason Rogers

Mobility as a Human Right

Older adults will tell you that losing their driving license is like getting a death sentence. In her unstoppable journey to empower seniors, Dr. Sherrilene Classen, a professor and chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy in the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions, is getting older adults comfortable with autonomous vehicle technology as well as conducting research to develop autonomous transit resources to promote their independence and safety.

Exploring Younger and Older Driver’s Trust, Attention and Workload During Vehicle Automation

The Department of Occupational Therapy’s Institute for Mobility, Activity, and Participation team is collaborating with the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering to assess younger and older drivers’ trust, attention, mental workload, and driving performance when using adaptive cruise control (ACC). Furthermore, younger and older drivers’ knowledge of ACC will be assessed before and after being exposed to this automated vehicle technology. Findings will inform researchers and vehicle manufacturers to develop educational material to train drivers to safely use ACC.

UF & UAB’s Phase II Demonstration Study: Developing a Model to Support Transportation System Decisions considering the Experiences of Drivers of all Age Groups with Autonomous Vehicle Technology

The Department of Occupational Therapy’s Institute for Mobility, Activity, and Participation team is collaborating with the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the City of Gainesville to better understand how younger and middle-aged drivers’ perceptions change after exposure to automated vehicle technology. Similar to the Phase I study, which assessed older adults’ perceptions of automated vehicles, participants will be exposed to the autonomous mode of driving simulator and an automated -shuttle operating in downtown Gainesville. Findings will inform policymakers, industry and rehabilitation scientists on perceptions of pre and exposure of this population.

Clinical application of high-fidelity driving simulators for medically-at-risk populations

Have you considered using UF’s full-car-cab high fidelity driving simulator in your research? Dr. Sherrilene Classen, editor of a new book on driving simulators for health care professionals,  will discuss clinical applications of the simulators for medically-at-risk populations. Researchers have used simulators, including the full-car cab at the Smart House…

University of Florida Driver Simulation Training

We would like to acknowledge funding support from the following University of Florida units: the Office of Research, the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, the Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and the Environment, the Department of Occupational Therapy and the College of Public Health and Health Professions. We would also…