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In-Vehicle Driver Feedback Systems and Elderly Drivers
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Dr Richard Fairchild
Dr Jennifer Brake
Dr Neil Thorpe
Fairchild RG, Brake JF, Edwards S, Thorpe N
Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)
Oasis 1st International Conference
Year of Conference
5 November 2009
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Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE One impact of an increasingly ageing population is a greater proportion of elderly drivers within the whole driving population. Given increasing driver licensing rates and improving levels of longevity, the proportion of elderly drivers is likely to continue to increase. Elderly drivers present increased risks to both themselves and other road users. This is because of declining perceptual, cognitive and physical performance, partly resulting from an increased rate of prescribed medicine use and the adoption of altered driving behaviours to combat driving fears. Driver assistance systems found on modern vehicles can only go so far in addressing these issues. The availability of a stand-alone, on-board driver feedback and assistance system could provide a solution, but must be available to retro-fit on most vehicle types, of different marques and models, and not be cost prohibitive. This paper presents research in the field of elderly driving and shows how a research project – Foot-LITE – might be adapted to provide assistance specifically for elderly drivers.
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