Conference Proceeding

On-Road Evaluation of Driver Capability: A Medical Record Review of the Adaptive Driving Program

  • Nahom Beyene (University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Amy Lane (University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Rosemarie Cooper (University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Rory Cooper (University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA)


a) The purpose of the present study was to illustrate how driver capability could be measured based on the presence of assistance during on-road evaluation. As an objective, this study explored the potential of a new method to measure declines in driver independence (steering/braking assistance) and safety (driving cues) for driver fitness determinations. b) A study at the Adaptive Driving Program (ADP) was conducted through a medical record review of 132 clients served in 2009. Following creation of an enumerated list of unique errors committed in baseline driving sessions, follow-up analysis focused on the association between assistance during on-road evaluation and case outcomes. The analysis also involved associations between assistance and five classes of errors reported among all clients. c) Findings showed that the proposed measures of driver independence and safety were associated with 90% of clients that did not pass on-road evaluation and a majority of errors related to tracking vehicle position within a lane. Though documented assistance showed low association to four out of five classes of errors, the potential for detection of these assistedevents may be 60-80% of all errors in each class except for lane changes.

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Beyene, N. & Lane, A. & Cooper, R. & Cooper, R., (2013) “On-Road Evaluation of Driver Capability: A Medical Record Review of the Adaptive Driving Program”, Driving Assessment Conference 7(2013), 205-211. doi:

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Published on
18 Jun 2013
Peer Reviewed