Advanced Driver Assistance Systems for Senior Drivers with and without Macular Degeneration - Survey Study

Project Overview

Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) such as forward collision avoidance, lane departure warning and blind spot warning systems are becoming increasingly available on newer cars. These systems have the potential to improve driving safety, especially for senior drivers and drivers with vision impairments. However, knowledge and experience of senior drivers with age-related vision loss in using ADAS systems is largely unknown. We are therefore administering two questionnaires by telephone to drivers with age-related macular degeneration and age-similar drivers with normal vision to quantify their knowledge, experiences, and challenges encountered when using ADAS systems.
 

The first study is a collaborative multi-site study led by Dr. Alex Bowers from Harvard Medical School and Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear, and Dr. Bradley Dougherty from Ohio State University: “Utilization of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) by Older Drivers with and without Macular Degeneration.” This survey study aims to determine if age-related macular degeneration impacts a driver’s use of advanced driver assistance systems. Other collaborating sites including New England College of Optometry, Indiana University, and University of California Los Angeles. Dr. Jing Xu and her research assistant Abbie Hutton are running this questionnaire study at Envision Research Institute.
 
The second study is a follow up questionnaire study led by Dr. Jing Xu from Envision Research Institute. Although ADAS systems have great potential to help senior drivers with vision impairments, it is possible that the design of some of the ADAS and in-vehicle displays are not ideal for this population. This survey focuses specifically on quantifying difficulties in different driving situations for senior drivers with and without macular degeneration, and exploring their experiences and challenges encountered when using ADAS systems and in-vehicle information displays. We hope this study can help identify the unique needs and vehicle technology preferences for senior drivers with age-related vision loss.
 
Get Involved - As a Participant
We are currently recruiting participants in Kansas and other areas across the country for our telephone questionnaire studies. We are recruiting current drivers who are diagnosed with some form of ’Macular Degeneration’, as well as senior drivers with normal vision (either with or without glasses).
If you are interested in participating, or would like more information, please contact: Dr. Jing Xu, 316-440-1544 or jxu@envisionus.com

 

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If you would like more information, please contact: Dr. Jing Xu, 316-440-1544 or jxu@envisionus.com

Jing Xu, PhD
Bosma Enterprises Research Fellow
jxu@envisionus.com
316-440-1527

Team Members

Jing Xu, PhD
Bosma Enterprises Research Fellow Alex Bowers, PhD
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and Associate Scientist at Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear Bradley Dougherty, OD, PhD
Associate Professor at Ohio State University Rui Ni, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology at Wichita State University and Director, Visual Perception and Cognition Laboratory Abbie Hutton
Research Assistant