Lakehead Research into Safer Driving Receives Financial Injection

Lakehead Research into Safer Driving Receives Financial Injection

 

Lakehead’s Dr. Michel Bedard, Canada Research Chair in Aging & Health, is helping make Canada’s roads safer by protecting the independence of older adults.

Dr. Bedard and fellow researcher, Dr. Jan Polgar (Western University), were awarded $395,970 for their research from AUTO21 – an initiative that receives federal, provincial, and industry funding to help advance Canada as a leader in automotive research and development. Their research is focused on protecting senior citizens and community members by developing a valuable training program for testing drivers aged 65 and over.

“Driving safely is important to reduce crashes and their consequences. So too is allowing mature drivers the independence and quality of life afforded by the automobile,” Dr. Bedard says. This project is the culmination of two previous AUTO21-funded projects and multiple advances in driver training techniques. It will integrate previously developed training components into a single program and will be tested in four different Canadian cities. 

To learn more about AUTO21, read Canada’s Automotive Research Community Receives Direct Injection of $22 Million in Project Funding.