Smart headlights, emergency response systems and reverse monitoring features rank highest
New car technologies help enhance driving abilities and promote safe driving (Photo: Business Wire)
"Since drivers over the age of 50 are more likely than any other age
group to purchase the types of vehicles that contain modern
technologies¹, we set out to identify the top ten features that mature
drivers should consider," said
Building upon more than a decade of research on older driver safety, The
1. Smart headlights: adjust the range and intensity of light based on the distance of traffic and to reduce glare and improve night vision
2. Emergency response systems: offer quick assistance to drivers in the case of a medical emergency or collision, often allowing emergency personnel to get to the scene more quickly
3. Reverse monitoring systems: warn of objects to the rear of the vehicle to help drivers judge distances and back up safely, and helps drivers with reduced flexibility
4. Blind spot warning systems: warn drivers of objects in blind spots, especially while changing lanes and parking, and helps those with limited range of motion
5. Lane departure warning: monitors the vehicle's position and warns the driver if the vehicle deviates outside the lane, helping drivers stay in their lane
6. Vehicle stability control: helps to automatically bring the vehicle back in the intended line of travel, particularly in situations where the driver underestimates the angle of a curve or experiences weather effects, and reduces the likelihood of a crash
7. Assistive parking systems: enable vehicles to park on their own or indicates distance to objects, reducing driver stress, making parking easier, and increasing the places that a driver can park
8. Voice activated systems: allow drivers to access features by voice command so they can keep focused on the road
9. Crash mitigation systems: detect when the vehicle may be in danger of a collision and can help to minimize injuries to passengers
10. Drowsy driver alerts: monitor the degree to which a driver may be inattentive while on the road and helps alert drivers to the driving task
"Technological advancements in the automotive industry are happening at
a rapid rate," said
1. Match The Hartford's top technologies list (www.thehartford.com/lifetime) with your vehicle manual to understand what your vehicle is equipped with and how the features work.
2. If you are choosing a new car or need assistance with your current vehicle, work with a trusted dealer who can explain the benefits and uses of the various technologies available.
In addition, there are three steps that drivers should consider for their driving wellness:
1. Be a healthy driver - get regular physicals and annual eye exams, consider the side effects of medications, and exercise regularly.
2. Keep learning - take a driver safety course such as the one offered through AARP Driver Safety.
3. Adjust to changes in driving skills - be aware of normal age-related changes and make appropriate adjustments to driving.
About MIT AgeLab
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab is a global research program based within MIT's Engineering Systems Division and Center for Transportation & Logistics. The AgeLab conducts research on technology, behavior and innovation to improve the quality of life of older adults and those who care for them. More about AgeLab's research in transportation, health and wellness, and longevity planning is available at http://agelab.mit.edu.
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