Current UMTC Research Projects
Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII): Exploring the Application of Disruptive Technology to Assist Older Drivers

Dr. Daiheng Ni, Principal Investigator
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Massachusetts/Amherst

Sponsor: New England University Transportation Center, Region 1

Abstract:
Older drivers are quickly becoming a significant fraction of the driving public. These drivers are challenged by changes in their visual acuity and a reduction in their ability to respond quickly to changes in road conditions. Although several previous efforts, including improved engineering design, safety technology and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), have assisted older drivers, additional, focused in-vehicle technology is needed. This proposed research explores the feasibility of introducing emerging Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII)-enabled technologies into a prototype in-vehicle driving assistance system which is specially tailored for older drivers. To accomplish the objective, our proposed research includes the development of efficient coding algorithms for DSRC communication, traffic modeling for hazard prediction, the development of an on-board computing system, and system integration and prototype development.

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