In-vehicle navigation systems and older drivers

Christopher Emmerson*, Amy Weihong Guo, Phil Blythe, Anil Namdeo, Simon Edwards

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The UK has a rapidly ageing population that is very dependent on driving to meet their mobility needs. There are functional declines that occur with ageing that affect one's ability to drive. Therefore, the importance of continued mobility and access to a private car for older adults is significant. Thus, this paper reports on older drivers' navigation methods and their self-assessment of in-vehicle navigation systems. The paper reports on the findings of six focus groups with older drivers; three groups with those who use in-vehicle navigation systems and three groups with those who do not. The focus groups found that the use of in-vehicle navigation systems provide older drivers with a companion in the car, increased confidence on the roads and an element of pleasure in driving. When planning long distance trips, older drivers will use online planning tools that provide a familiarity with their traditional method of navigation the road atlas. Some participants who currently use no driving aids suggested the use of potentially unsafe navigation techniques, indicating a clear need for assistance in navigation. Finally, there are some significant barriers for in-vehicle navigation systems to overcome before they can be considered beneficial for older drivers.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event19th Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress, ITS 2012 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 22 Oct 201226 Oct 2012


Conference19th Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress, ITS 2012


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