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Car Safety for Seniors: Self-Driving Cars?

Are driver-less cars poised to revolutionize the lives of older adults? Baby boomers and senior citizens who are reluctant to give up their independence along with their car keys sure hope so.

AARP and columnist Jay Mathews, in his opinion piece for The Washington Post “As a senior citizen, a self-driving car will be my godsend“, posit that self-driving cars will be the answer to the problem of transportation for the elderly, whose vision, mobility, judgement and reflexes tend to deteriorate with aging.

Jay Mathews and his wife Linda disagree over whether this new technology will truly deliver as it promises with on-road testing so far. But, they are worried that their children won’t have time to drive them everywhere. And Jay confesses that Linda does all the driving now since he fell asleep at the wheel a few years ago.

It seems like the big car manufacturers are looking to the future and they don’t necessarily see drivers at the wheel. 

Anita Hamilton

50+ World editor & baby boomer writer Anita Hamilton has always been interested in the "real people" stories behind the characters that create and inhabit the world of music, books, movies, television shows, current events, history, etc. A lifelong love of research (ok, nosiness) and writing, combined with a loving and supportive family complete with 3 mini-dachshund minions, keeps her busy.

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