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Top 5 New Car Technologies for Older Drivers
Posted By Julie Lee On September 19, 2012 @ 3:00 pm In Technology | Comments Disabled
Google made a car that drives itself . The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) is studying  3,000 vehicles that actually talk to each other. Each day, advancements are being made to make our cars safer and easier to navigate. And while the car that drives itself may not be on the market for a few years, many new and exciting auto features have recently debuted that are already changing the face of driving.
Earlier this week, The Hartford and MIT AgeLab published the results  of a study that examined 25 new automotive technologies and their benefits to drivers age 50 and older. The study reviewed systems like assistive parking and emergency response, and ranked the top ten most beneficial technologies for older drivers. The rankings are based on these older drivers’ unique needs, concerns and priorities.
According to a recent study  by AARP and J.D. Power and Associates, 62% of new cars are purchased by drivers 50 and older. It is incredibly important to assess these technologies when looking to buy a new car, because these features can dramatically impact the safety and maneuverability of the vehicle. The Hartford found  that safety is the number three priority for 50+ buyers, following fuel economy and reliability.
Here are our top five favorite new technologies from The Hartford’s list:
The other five features highlighted in the study are: reverse monitoring systems, lane departure warning, vehicle stability control, voice activated systems and crash mitigation systems. See the full top ten list  or check out The Hartford’s “Research Results” Infographic .
What features would you most like to see in your new vehicle? What technology makes you feel safe behind the wheel? Let us know by leaving a comment below, or send us a message on Facebook  or Twitter !
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 Image: http://www.thehartford.com/sites/thehartford/files/TopCarTechnologiesInfographic.pdf
 car that drives itself: https://plus.google.com/+google/posts/MVZBmrnzDio
 is studying: http://annarbor.com/business-review/reinventing-the-automobile-ann-arbor-deployment-to-facilitate-conversations-between-nearly-3000-cars/?cmpid=mlive-@mlive-news-a2#.UDZ0K6PwXjU
 the results: http://hig.client.shareholder.com/releaseDetail.cfm?ReleaseID=707451
 recent study: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2012/05/forget-the-kids-baby-boomers-drive-new-car-sales-boom-/1#.UFjRg7JlQmw
 full top ten list: http://www.thehartford.com/sites/thehartford/files/TopCarTechnologiesList.pdf
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