What is the study about?
This study is interested in learning how people with dementia and/or Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) handle self-driving cars. By understanding what people may find useful or hard about self-driving cars, researchers can make improvements to this technology.
Who can participate?
People living with mild dementia or Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), who currently have a valid driver’s license or have voluntarily stopped driving sometime in the past 18 months can participate in this study.
- You will be asked to complete a screening over the phone and then come to Toronto Rehab for two in-person visits.
- The first visit will take about 2 hours. It will involve answering questionnaires and doing memory and visual tasks. You will also be asked to drive in a driving simulator for approximately 10 minutes. A driving simulator is a type of test vehicle that looks, operates, and feels like a real car, but it has very limited motion (it can only turn on the spot) and allows you to drive through computer-generated scenes.
- The second visit will take about 2.5 hours. It will involve driving in the driving simulator for about 40 minutes with breaks every 10 minutes.
- You will also be asked if you are interested in taking part in an interview, which will take place over video call after the in-person sessions.
Dr. Alex Mihailidis, Dr. Gary Naglie
Toronto Rehab Institute-University Health Network