WASHINGTON, January 8, 2018 – ADEPT Driver presented its targeted neurocognitive training as a means to reduce vehicle accidents caused by driver distraction and driver complacency at the 97th annual Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington, DC yesterday during the Neurocognition and Transportation Operations Workshop.
“ADEPT Driver pioneered psychometric-based driver simulations that strengthen neuro cognitive pathways used for visual search, hazard detection, judging safe gaps in traffic, escape route identification and risk assessment,” said Dr. Richard Harkness, CEO of ADEPT Driver. “We have been analyzing data for over two decades. Our assessment and training paired with in-vehicle monitoring devices such as mobile apps and telematics will set a new standard in driver safety. Visual cognitive awareness and crash avoidance skill training is now more important than ever as new technologies emerge and mobile devise distraction continues to be a significant cause of crashes on our highways.”
When technology fails without warning, the driver must be aware of the driving environment and quickly take control of the car. ADEPT Driver’s training provides the skills to do just that.
“If you think cell phone use is dangerously distracting wait until drivers become complacent with self-driving technologies and are not paying attention to the driving environment at all and then the technology fails,” Dr. Harkness added.
Until self-driving technologies are perfected in a decade or two from now, drivers need to have skills that allow them to conduct a quick visual search, spot hazards and take an appropriate action to avoid a crash.
ADEPT Driver integrated the nation’s first semi-autonomous vehicle (SAV) training program into its teenSMART and Lifelong Driver programs. This is more than an awareness piece. ADEPT Driver programs point out the significant limitations of these emerging technologies, and emphasizes the dangers of driver complacency when using SAV technology.
ADEPT Driver is a research and development company that creates proven crash avoidance training technology, including teenSMART and Lifelong Driver. ADEPT Driver’s technologies and training programs have been vetted by numerous insurance carriers for over two decades. ADEPT’s teenSMART program has been proven to reduce crash frequency by up to 30% and bodily injury by over 50%. teenSMART has been approved for insurance discounts by the Department of Insurance in 49 States.