Drivesharp

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The Drivesharp brain training program takes a unique approach to driving safety. It is not a driving simulation or education program. Instead, it sharpens the most important safety equipment of all: the mind of the driver.

Driving safely and confidently requires fast visual processing. While the eyes absorb a visual scene through the windshield, it’s the brain’s job to make sense of that scene and decide how to respond to it. Often, a few milliseconds can make the difference between spotting a bicyclist in time to avoid them, getting off at the right freeway exit and missing it, or stopping in time to avoid a collision with another car.

The two visual processing exercises in Drivesharp help your brain take in more with every glance so you can react faster. These exercises increase your processing speed (so you can react quicker), enlarge your field of view (so you see dangers sooner),1 and give you practice tracking multiple moving objects (like cars, trucks, and pedestrians).

The brain’s role in driving is so important that brain speed and field of view are actually proven to be better predictors of crash risk than the eye chart exam required by the Department of Motor Vehicles.2

Useful Field of View

Drivesharp is built on a patented technology called “Useful Field of View” (UFOV) that was designed and tested by dozens of scientists. Your “useful field of view” is the area over which you can extract information in a single glance without moving your head or eyes.

Studies have shown that the size of useful field of view plays a key role in a person’s ability to drive safely. Individuals who experience reductions in their useful field of view are more likely to be involved in traffic accidents. In fact, individuals with poor useful field of view are more than twice as likely to be involved in a car crash than those in the normal range.3

As we age, or for a number of other reasons, our useful field of view can shrink, making it harder for us to detect—and react to—dangers on the road. The UFOV training technology in Drivesharp was created to train the regions of the brain involved in useful field of view and expand the size of the field, helping people become safer, more confident drivers.

Proven in Labs

The useful field of view technology in Drivesharp has been proven effective in gold-standard clinical studies, including the large-scale ACTIVE trial. These studies have shown a series of benefits from just 10 hours of brain training. Among other things, these studies show that the technology in Drivesharp can:

  • Cut at-fault car crashes by 48%4
  • Increase visual processing speed and useful field of view5

And for people specifically with reduced useful field of view, the technology in Drivesharp can

  • Improve reaction time so a driver can stop 22 feet sooner when traveling at 55 mph6
  • Decrease unsafe driving maneuvers by 36%7
  • Help adults 55+ keep driving in difficult conditions, such as new places, traffic, or bad weather8
  • Keep drivers safely on the road later in life9

Results in the Field

AAA of Southern California conducted a five-year field trial of Drivesharp involving more than 35,000 of their older insurance customers. They found a 30% decrease in collision claims among people who trained with Drivesharp. Now, they offer premium discounts to drivers who complete the training.

The Experience of Using Drivesharp

Drivesharp is an online program consisting of two brain training exercises, built on the BrainHQ platform. It takes about 10 hours to complete Drivesharp, and can be done on any Internet-connected device. Users can design their own training schedule.
The two Drivesharp exercises are: 

  • Visual Edge - which improves processing speed and useful field of view.
  • Steer Clear - which exercises the ability to track multiple moving objects.

How Individuals Can Access Drivesharp

Individuals can use Drivesharp in one of two ways:

  • Some insurance companies, including AAA Southern California, offer Drivesharp for free to older drivers. What’s more, people who complete receive a discount on their auto insurance. Click here to learn if your insurance covers Drivesharp.
  • Since the Drivesharp exercises are a subset of the BrainHQ program, BrainHQ subscribers can use the Drivesharp exercises by selecting the Drivesharp course.

How Organizations Can Offer Drivesharp

We’ve worked with a number of auto insurers and other groups to bring Drivesharp to their customers. If you’d like to bring Drivesharp to your customers, contact us!

Citations

  1. Ball, K. et al. Effects of cognitive training interventions with older adults: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of the American Medical Association 288, 2271-81 (2002).
  2. Owsley, C. et al. Visual processing impairment and risk of motor vehicle crash among older adults. Journal of the American Medical Association, 279, 1083-8 (1998).
  3. Owsley, C. et al. Visual processing impairment and risk of motor vehicle crash among older adults. Journal of the American Medical Association,  279, 1083-8 (1998).
    Sims, R. V. et al. Exploratory study of incident vehicle crashes among older drivers. Journal of Gerontology, 55, M22-7 (2000).
    Ball, K. K. et al. Can high-risk older drivers be identified through performance-based measures in a Department of Motor Vehicles setting? Journal of American Geriatric Society, 54, 77-84 (2006).
    Rubin, G. S. et al. A prospective, population-based study of the role of visual impairment in motor vehicle crashes among older drivers: the SEE study. Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science, 48, 1483-91 (2007).
  4. Ball K.K. et al. Cognitive training decreases motor vehicle collision involvement among older drivers. Journal of American Geriatric Society, 58, 2107-2113 (2010).
  5. Ball, K. et al. Effects of cognitive training interventions with older adults: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of the American Medical Association 288, 2271-81 (2002).
  6. Roenker, D. L. et al. Speed-of-processing and driving simulator training result in improved driving performance. Human Factors 45, 218-33 (2003).
  7. Roenker, D. L. et al. Speed-of-processing and driving simulator training result in improved driving performance. Human Factors 45, 218-33 (2003).
  8. Edwards, J. D. et al. The Longitudinal Impact of Cognitive Speed of Processing Training on Driving Mobility. Gerontologist 49(4), 485-494 (2009).
  9. Edwards, J., Delahunt, P. B. & Mahncke, H. W. Cognitive Speed of Processing Training Delays Driving Cessation. Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, 64A(12), 1262-1265 (2009).