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In the paper User adaptive design of active vehicle safety systems with regard to the driver behavior of elderly drivers the research project Evaluation of active vehicle safety systems and components in regard to their safety impact on elderly drivers is presented, including its most striking results. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS) and aims to answer the question if active vehicle safety systems are able to support elderly people in staying mobile. Additionally, a list of criteria for designing active vehicle safety systems in the future and recommended procedures for political decisions was developed retrospectively. Therefore an extensive market research was carried out in the beginning of the project, containing a literature research, a survey with 70 elderly people and expert interviews. During the second phase test drives combined with the answering of standardized questionnaires and special workload assessments were carried out.