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Benefits of vehicle technology for older drivers

In the years ahead, California drivers will have increasing access to improved vehicle safety technology. Dashboard rearview cameras are already available, and this technology will become mandatory for new cars in 2018. By 2022, automated emergency brakes will be a standard feature. Other developments on their way include adaptive headlights and automated parking.

Experts say these changes may be particularly beneficial for older drivers. As people age, they may be more likely to become confused at busy off ramps and intersections, more vulnerable to accident injuries, and less able to scan for hazards because of a more limited range of motion. As baby boomers continue to age, the over-70 population in the United States is expected to grow to 54 million by 2030. One survey has shown that larger numbers of drivers over 50 are beginning to make safety technology a main priority when buying new vehicles.

While some experts believe Google is unlikely to meet its goal of having self-driving cars on the road by 2020, autonomous vehicles may be a reality in 10 to 20 years. In the meantime, the AARP plans to focus more on education about modern vehicle safety technology. This could be important for older drivers who may be skeptical of modern technology.

A car accident may result in a concussion, broken bones or other serious injuries. Even if another driver is responsible, that driver's insurance company might make a compensation offer that is only a fraction of the victim's expenses. An attorney might be able to get a higher offer from the insurance company or assist in filing a civil lawsuit.

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