Should Elderly Drivers Be The Autonomous Car Early Adopters?

Follow Bengt Mercedes-Benz F015 Luxury in Motion concept, 2015 Consumer Electronics Show Enlarge Photo Some automakers tease concept cars with autonomous-driving modes, lounge-style interiors, and augmented-reality windshields and windows, while others tout automatic cruise control, lane-keep systems, and automated parking features as technologies that are the gateway to autonomous driving. But the reality is that autonomous driving isn’t as little as five or even ten years off, on a widespread basis, and that there are a lot of decidedly less glamorous pieces of technology required to make autonous driving…well, autonomous. Toyota Motor Corporation last week announced a $50 million investment aimed at autonomous-vehicle research—including advanced robotics and artificial intelligence—to a specific goal of reducing road injuries and fatalities. And work with older drivers and those who have impairments might be…


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