New Vehicle Technology May Help Older Drivers

olderDriverOlder drivers will be happy to know that there is technology on the horizon designed to make vehicles safer, capable of detecting oncoming traffic, steering clear of potential trouble, and even braking if it appears there may be a collision. Many of these innovations like blind spot warning systems already exist, but they are largely relegated to pricier vehicles or are only available as an option. There are additional breakthroughs soon to arrive, like robotic braking systems that will soon become a standard feature in all vehicles right here in the United States.

Improved technology is obviously beneficial to drivers of all ages in helping to prevent accidents, but it’s the older drivers that can arguably benefit the most. Older drivers that are over the age of 70 may experience confusion at heavily trafficked intersections or an on-ramp. As the body gets older, range of motion becomes limited, which could affect being able to see hazards or vehicles that are nearby.

Per the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2030 there will be close to 54 million people that are age 70 or older living in the United States, and about 80 percent of them will have a license to drive. That number could eventually increase should the technology allow these drivers to preserve their independence for a greater amount of time.

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