Older adults prefer videos to learn driver assistance tech

Most cars today come with technology to make driving easier and safer. But older drivers don't often use them. Interactive video tutorials may change that.

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
April 23, 2020 ~8 min

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Phone distraction injuries spiked at Pokémon Go launch

Head and neck injuries related to phone distraction are on the rise, researchers report. They found a couple notable spikes in the last 20 years, too.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Dec. 6, 2019 ~2 min

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Working memory may play role in teen car crash risk

"Not all young drivers crash. So we thought, what is it about those who are crashing? It could be related to variability in working memory development."

Michael Rozansky-Penn • futurity
Sept. 16, 2019 ~7 min

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Driver-assist tech could save lives and lots of money

If all cars in the US had driver assist technology like blind-spot monitoring and lane-departure warning, it could prevent a whole lot of crashes.

Ellis Robinson-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
Sept. 5, 2019 ~3 min

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Isolation may follow when older adults stop driving

Losing the independence of driving themselves around can leave older adults in isolation, a new study shows.

Jared Wadley-Michigan • futurity
Aug. 30, 2019 ~2 min

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Can color-changing road signs make night driving safer?

A new reflective film could pave the way for color-changing road signs. They would light up at night to better grab drivers' attention.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
Aug. 23, 2019 ~3 min

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Trusting a self-driving car hinges on timing

It's easier to trust a self-driving car if we know what it's going to do ahead of time.

Laurel Thomas-Michigan • futurity
June 26, 2019 ~3 min

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Self-driving cars could make for more pollution

There should be "much higher energy efficiency targets are required for self-driving cars," new research suggests.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
April 19, 2019 ~3 min

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Distracted drivers are 29X more likely to crash in work zones

Highway work zone crashes happen every 5.4 minutes. New measures could help keep drivers focused and workers safe.

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
March 6, 2019 ~3 min

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Many medical marijuana users say they’ve driven high

"The safest strategy is to not drive at all on the day you used marijuana."

U. Michigan • futurity
Jan. 14, 2019 ~4 min

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