When it comes to bad drivers, senior citizens and teenagers take most of the blame. In 2002, America had 35.6 million people 65 years of age and older. That number is expected to double by 2030 as the baby boomer era comes to an end. This generation expects to keep driving and buying new cars for many more years. Furthermore, car companies such as Ford, General Motors, and Honda are working to keep this influential demographic age group behind the wheel by designing cars that could radically improve safety.
These car companies are conducting studies that mimic the effects of aging, such as stiff joints and poor eyesight, to improve their vehicles for the older generation. They are also designing voice recognition systems to monitor the cars various controls, crash proof sensing systems, downloadable improvements and other digital systems.
All of these studies could greatly improve the safety for the baby boomers. And baby boomers aren’t the only ones that will buy these technologically advance vehicles. Will these advancements be as effective, or rather ineffective, as the seatbelt law? Will technological improvements lead to people feeling safer which in turn lead to more hazardous driving?