Top Technologies for Mature Drivers: Consumer Ranking
- Blind spot warning systems: warns drivers of objects in blind spots, especially while changing lanes and parking, and helps those with limited range of motion
- Crash mitigation systems: detects when the vehicle may be in danger of a collision and can help to minimize injuries to passengers
- Emergency response systems: offers quick assistance to drivers in the case of a medical emergency or collision, often allowing emergency personnel to get to the scene more quickly
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Smart headlights: adjust the range and intensity of light based on the distance of traffic and to reduce glare and improve night vision
- Voice activated systems: allow drivers to access features by voice command so they can keep focused on the road
- 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
Learning about vehicle technology is an important component of feeling empowered, confident and safe behind the wheel. For example, how do blind spot warning systems work? Blind spot warning systems warn drivers of objects in blind spots, especially while changing lanes and parking, and help those with limited range of motion.
Watch this video from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to learn more about how blind spot warning systems work.
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Crash avoidance technology videos on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s website.
*This recent study is a follow up to the Top Technologies for Mature Drivers: Experts Ranking research conducted in 2012. The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence and the MIT AgeLab worked with a panel of leading experts in driving, aging and technology to conduct an extensive study that involved the review of 25 new technologies and the identification of 10 features that can benefit mature drivers.