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Comprehensive Automated Driverís License Testing System and The Visual Acuity Test
Record Type: RiP

With the advent of an aging population in Arizona, the need for a Comprehensive Automated Vision Testing program is increasing. The current process within the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) is lacking in identifying vision deficient drivers. The increased traffic volumes present multiple challenges to all drivers, but especially those with a vision deficiency. The lack of a Glare Recovery component, a Depth Perception Component and a good Peripheral Vision Component, leaves many Arizona drivers unprepared for the challenges of driving. Vision is 80% of the driving task, and it is imperative that Arizona investigate new technology in this area. The expanded time frames between required re-testing compounds the need for a better screening process. Sign recognition, traffic signal identification, increasing traffic volumes and traffic congestion all play an important part in the driving process. A vision deficient driver may be operating under the assumption that they are capable of driving because they have an Arizona Drivers License.
Start date: 2003/10/1
End date: 2005/12/31
Status: Inactive
Contract/Grant Number: SPR 559
Total Dollars: 100000
Source Organization: Arizona Department of Transportation
Date Added: 01/27/2004
Index Terms: Driver licenses, Testing, Visual aids, Vision tests, Signs, Driver experience, Traffic congestion, Traffic signs, Driving simulators, Aged drivers, Licensing, Collisions, Research projects, Traffic volume, Simulation, Arizona, Florida,

Sponsor Organization     Project Manager

Arizona Department of Transportation
206 South 17th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Federal Highway Administration
400 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: (202) 366-4000


Semmens, John
Phone: (602) 712-3137

Performing Organization     Principal Investigator

ESRA Consulting Corporation
1650 South Dixie Highway, Third Floor
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Phone: (561) 361-0004


Straus, Sandy
Phone: (561) 361-0004


New, Improved, Comprehensive, and Automated Driver's License test and Vision Screening System
Report Number: FHWA -AZ -04-559(1)
Report Date: 20050500
TRIS Accession Number: 01004373
Author(s): Straus, Sandy
Publisher: Arizona Department of Transportation

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