Korea uses virtual reality to determine whether the elderly can continue...

Korea uses virtual reality to determine whether the elderly can continue...
Korea uses virtual reality to determine whether the elderly can continue...
The Korea National Police Agency (KNPA) is pushing to implement conditional licenses for elderly drivers by 2025, according to Yonhap news reports published by the tech thenextweb.

As of this week, a three-year research project has been submitted, which will use virtual reality technology to assess whether drivers 65 years of age or older can stay behind the wheel, and the total budget for the program is expected to be around $3 million.

And unlike other countries around the world, South Korea does not have strict regulations regarding a driver’s license for elderly people, unless they test positive for dementia.

Currently, two metrics apply: a three-year license renewal period for those aged 75 and over, and the voluntary return of a driver’s license for people over 65.

However, North Koreas National Agency continues to raise concerns about the number of accidents attributed to senior drivers, as well as the country’s continuing aging population.

According to police statistics: 1- The number of traffic accidents caused by drivers over the age of 65 is 1.86 times more than those in their thirties.

2- The number of deaths caused by the elderly is 2.75 – the highest among all age groups.

3 – Due to the rapid change in the population, the number of elderly people holding a driver’s license increased by 300% (from 1 million to 3 million) between 2008 and 2018.

Research participating in the program underscores relevant safety issues by highlighting that vision deteriorates with age, especially in environments where there is not enough light – while driving at night, for example.

How will VR be used? A virtual reality test will assess driving skills, cognition and memory using a VR headset, close to how virtual reality technology is used in dementia clinics to check brain function for elderly people, while details have yet to be revealed.

Similar academic research by independent scientists conducted an experiment to test driving performance assessment based on virtual reality technology.

The researchers conducted driving simulation experiments to measure different driving behaviors in many different driving conditions, in order to examine the participants’ visual acuity.

The virtual simulation included two scenarios: driving on highways during the day and at night in both cases, and three unexpected crashes were created to test the drivers’ performance.

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