Autonomous & Connected Vehicles (ACV): Introduction to the Health Care Professional

UFOT is an AOTA Approved Provider in Continuing Education (#5208) and our ADED-CHAP status enables us to offer approved contact hours for our driving-related courses. All of our courses meet the licensure requirements for the State of Florida CEBroker. Florida CEBroker Tracking #20-713123.


Sherrilene Classen

Sherrilene Classen PhD

Professor And Chair

Sherrilene Classen, PhD, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA, FGSA is Professor and Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida. Dr. Classen is an internationally funded prevention-oriented rehabilitation scientist who studies fitness-to-drive issues in at-risk drivers using clinical assessments, driving simulators, on-road assessments, in-vehicle technologies, and autonomous, connected, electric and shared vehicles. Her scholarly work utilizes both a public health and a rehabilitation science approach to bring depth and breadth in understanding driving and mobility from multiple perspectives. Since 2002, she has received competitive external funding (totaling ~$10 million) from U.S. agencies (e.g., National Institutes of Health; National Institute for Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Department of Defense; Department of Transportation; industry and other organizations) as well as agencies in Canada and abroad. She has (co)authored over 170 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and special journal issues; is the editor of a handbook on driving simulation (AOTA Press, 2017); and has presented more than 300 papers at scientific conferences. Dr. Classen is the immediate past Editor-in-Chief of the Occupational Therapy Journal of Research, is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Gerontological Society of America, and an inductee to the American Occupational Therapy Foundation’s Academy of Research.

In this course, the author provides an overview of the current crash statistics in the USA, an introduction to autonomous vehicles (AV), including the levels of AV, how driving as an occupation may be affected/changed by AV, the pros and the cons of AV, a timeline for AV, as well as a discussion on the vulnerable road users and how they may benefit from AV. The presentation highlights that we are facing the greatest transportation revolution of the century and invite health care professionals to consider the opportunities of AV technology for mobility-disadvantaged people.

Target Audience

This course is well-suited for occupational therapists and transportation professionals who are interested in an introduction to autonomous vehicles and how it may benefit vulnerable populations.

Educational Level

Intermediate: Information is geared to practitioners with a general working knowledge of rehabilitation and service delivery. Focus is on a basic understanding and application of the subject matter.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Recognize that this country is undergoing a transportation revolution.
  • Define the levels of autonomous vehicles (AV).
  • Describe the crash and safety statistics pertaining to the USA.
  • Describe the characteristics of AV levels 0-5.
  • Identify and differentiate the varying roles associated with being a “driver” for levels 0-5 of AV.
  • Detail the pros and cons associated with AV.
  • Summarize the timeline associated with the roll out of AV.

AOTA Classification Codes

  • Category 1: Domain of OT – Occupations/ IADL

Completion Requirements

0.1 AOTA CEUs (1 Contact Hour for State of Florida Occupational Therapy practitioners) will be awarded upon a successful completion of a multiple choice post-test. Participants will be able to print a certificate of completion after completing a short course evaluation in addition to the post-test. The UF Occupational Therapy Department will enter the Contact Hour into the CEBroker database for Florida licensed occupational therapy practitioners.

Disclosure Statement

Instructors have stated that they have not received funding to support this training.

Instructional Methods

One (1) hour course during which the learner will view a streaming video presentation, reference PowerPoint® slides, and take a multiple choice post-test.