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The study of elderly drivers
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Dr Amy Guo
Professor Phil Blythe
Guo AW, Edwards SJF, Blythe PT
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Digital Futures 2010: Digital Economy All Hands Meeting
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In the UK, the ageing segment of the population is growing more rapidly than other age groups. The same trend is echoed in Canada, USA, Japan and the rest of the developed world. Research suggests that elderly drivers more likely to be involved in accidents at intersections and are often legally responsible for accidents. Hence, as with pedestrians and cyclists, elderly drivers have a higher measure of fragility and vulnerability. In response to these issues, the purpose of this paper is three fold. Firstly, it reviews factors involved in the functional decline of elderly drivers. Secondly, it assesses the existing and emerging in-vehicle systems (IVSs) which have the potential to assist elderly people in driving safely for longer so they can maintain their quality of life. Lastly, it describes the plan of how these IVSs will be tested and evaluated through focus groups, interviews, the use of a driving simulator as well as an instrumented car, within a newly funded project, Social inclusion through Digital Economy (SiDE).
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