Rehabilitation Science team wins video contest

A McMaster-led team studying the driving habits of older drivers has won a research video contest sponsored by the Woodbridge Group.

Brenda Vrkljan, of the School of Rehabilitation Science, and a team of graduate and undergraduate students produced a video on their work, entitled “Understanding the older driver: Innovation meets opportunity.”

The video was named Best Video by a panel of judges which included senior communications managers from Chrysler Canada, Toyota Canada and the Networks of Centres of Excellence.

The video was also named the People’s Choice Award winners, as voted by AUTO21 conference attendees.

Vrkljan and her team are using video and GPS data to quantify changes in the driving behavior of older adults.

The study is the first in the world to capture changes in actual performance across time and identify key factors that impact safety behind the wheel.

Findings will be of value to health care practitioners, policy makers, auto manufacturers and other stakeholders.

Watch the award-winning video below: