A research team from Newcastle University in the UK has developed a car designed to help keep older drivers on the road.
The electric car has been turned into a mobile research laboratory. It has been fitted with tracking systems, eye trackers and bio monitors in an attempt to ascertain the most difficult or stressful parts of motoring for older drivers.
Research has long shown that giving up driving is linked to a rapid fall in wellbeing and health, as independence and ties to the local community are lost. The research car, dubbed the ‘DriveLAB’, is being driven by older people with a wide range of abilities. The data collected will then be used to develop in-vehicle technology which will allow older drivers to continue driving longer and more safely than they would have previously. Examples include tailored navigation systems, automatic speed control and night vision systems.
Have your say
Should there be an arbitrary cut-off age for drivers? Should drivers over a certain age have to sit a yearly test? Or should we trust our older drivers to self-regulate and hand in their licences when they feel the time is right? Go to Rachel’s blog post Older drivers are overconfident and tell us what you think.