Top 10 Car Technologies for Mature Drivers

Sep 19, 2012

In Hartford, Conn., new research from The Hartford and MIT AgeLab titled “Top Technologies for Mature Drivers” revealed technologies and accessories that can benefit mature drivers.  Many of the items that made the list are or may be available for aftermarket installation.

Jodi Olshevski, gerontologist at The Hartford, noted in a press release that since drivers over the age of 50 are more likely than any other age group to purchase types of vehicles that contain modern technologies, the objective of the research was to identify the top features that mature drivers should consider.

“While older drivers as a group are relatively safe, these technologies can help to enhance their abilities and promote safe driving for a lifetime,” Olshevski said.

The Hartford and MIT AgeLab collaborated with a panel of leading experts in driving, aging and technology to conduct an in-depth study involving the review of 25 new technologies and identification of the top 10 that could benefit mature drivers.

Here are the highest-rated features in the study:

Smart headlights:  adjust the range and intensity of light based on the distance of traffic to reduce glare and improve night vision.

Emergency response systems: offer quick assistance to drivers in case of a medical emergency or collision.

Reverse monitoring systems: help drivers back up safety by warning of objects to the rear of the vehicle.

Blind-spot warning systems: help those with limited range of motion by warning drivers of objects in blind spots.

Lane departure warning systems: help drivers stay in their lane by monitoring the vehicle’s position.

Vehicle stability control systems:  help bring the vehicle back into the intended line of travel automatically to reduce the likelihood of a crash.

Assistive parking systems:  make parking easier or enable vehicles to park on their own.

Voice-activated systems: help drivers keep focused on the road by giving them access to features via voice command.

Crash mitigation systems: detect when the vehicle may be in danger of a collision and minimize injuries to passengers.

Drowsy-driver alerts: monitor the degree to which drivers may become inattentive and help drivers remain alert on the road.