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Webinar: What do Drivers Really Think about Autonomous Vehicles?

The deployment of autonomous vehicle (AV) technologies may hold important health and safety benefits for drivers across the driving lifespan. However, such benefits can materialize only if transportation users are willing to embrace the emerging technologies. Earlier studies document a wide variance in acceptance practices, based solely on surveys of drivers. This research used a combined approach of surveys and lived experiences of drivers engaging with AV technologies to examine technology acceptance and adoption of AV technologies. The webinar summarizes findings from the analysis of younger and middle-aged drivers’ perceptions of AVs before and after a) “driving” an interactive high-fidelity RTI driving simulator, in Level 4 autonomous mode, and b) riding in an autonomous shuttle (AS). Moreover, it discusses predictive models of facilitators and barriers for AV acceptance built from data collected from younger and middle-aged drivers (N=106) and older drivers (N=104). The findings reveal important foundational information about driver acceptance, their intention to use AVs, barriers to AV technology, and well-being related to AV technology across the driving lifespan.

Spring 2022 Issue

Our Spring semester is transitioning into an early Florida Summer – with an abundance of activities, programs, projects, and progress in our department! This semester kicked off with our students re-engaging in all of our campus activities, all of us learning to live with yet another Covid-19 mutation—the Delta variant—and launching our 7th annual, and 2nd virtual, Sandra Edwards Colloquium. Much has occurred since then—and I will highlight a few core activities. - Dr. Sherrilene Classen, OT Department Chair

Alumni Spotlight for National Occupational Therapy Month

The UF College of PHHP and the Great Department of Occupational Therapy are celebrating by spotlighting OT alumni who invest in the department and the profession as clinical Fieldwork Educators and Capstone Mentors. Thank you!

Chair’s overview of the UF OT Department

Sherrilene Classen, Professor and Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy, finds it a privilege to provide you with some highlights of our great department. We have seen significant growth since 2017 as we have almost tripled the size of the department.

Faculty Spotlight: Beth Gibson, OTR/L, CDRS

Ms. Gibson is one of our newest clinical faculty members. She is a licensed occupational therapist and a certified driver rehabilitation specialist with over 25 years' experience.

UF OT Presentations at AOTA INSPIRE 2022

UF Occupational Therapy will present a short course, a workshop, and various posters at AOTA INSPIRE 2022. Learn about the dates and times when you can join us for each of these presentations.