Musselwhite, C. print and Haddad, H. print
Using grounded theory to elicit the driving needs of older people.
Include 2009: International Conference on Inclusive Design, London, UK, 5-8 April 2009.
The ageing process tends to impact negatively on driving ability and behaviour increasing the likelihood of accidents. Traditionally, research tends to have been top-down and as such misses the needs, motivations and attitudes of the drivers themselves. This research worked in-depth with a small number of older drivers using a grounded theory approach to elicit their needs and requirements with regards to the driving task. It identified a number of issues that previous research had highlighted, including shortened reaction times, increased fatigue and problems with glare but in addition emphasised some novel issues, including marinating the vehicle speed at a consistent level and issues with distraction. The role new technology has in meeting such needs is briefly discussed.
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