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Dr. Kevin Hulme
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In the U.S., there are about 38 million licensed drivers over age 65; about 1/8 of our population. By 2024, this figure will DOUBLE to 25%. The current research is intended to address the driving capabilities of our older population, as accident and injury risk has been statistically shown to increase with advanced age. Our primary objective was to perform a preliminary Pilot Study (N=10) that allows our team to analyze the impact of supplementing traditional driver evaluation using state-of-the-art driving simulation technologies. Within a simulator, driving scenarios can be implemented that can SAFELY measure, capture, and analyze vital driver performance metrics. Each driver was evaluated at Erie County Medical Center using a conventional driver evaluation mechanism: in-clinic (to measure cognitive, motor and visual skills) and in-vehicle (to measure mechanical ability to operate a vehicle).

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