Driving into old age

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Worldwide the number of drivers over the age of 65 is increasing rapidly. As such, there is an urgency in the need to design vehicles that are ergonomically suited to this demographic to accommodate physical ailments and limitations that are usually not seen in younger people.

Research published in the International Journal of Vehicle Design, discusses the major ergonomic concerns of older that might improve driving posture, improve attention, and decrease fatigue during driving. Ashish Dutta, A.K. Bhardwaj, and A.P.S. Rathore of the Malaviya National Institute of Technology, in Jaipur, India, have grouped ergonomic needs of older drivers into ten categories and then surveyed a number of such drivers. Three emerged showing that concerns can be grouped into three areas: musculoskeletal factors, safety factors, and driver- interface factors.

Various vehicle features emerge as becoming increasingly useful, or even essential, to older drivers who want to continue to use their vehicles for as long as possible: that precludes the need for a clutch and gearstick, braking assistance, parking sensors and camera, voice-assistant navigation, antiglare mirrors and windows, intuitive and easy to read controls and gauges, easy ingress and egress, adjustable, heated, and massaging seats, remote-controlled doors and boot (trunk), augmented reality (heads-up) display technology. Many such features are already present as options in high-end vehicles and it is anticipated that such options will become ubiquitous as the market for older drivers matures. Of course, ever-present, is a future of self-driving vehicles that will preclude the need for many such , but never the need for a comfortable seat.


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More information: Ashish Dutta et al. Ergonomic intervention in meeting the challenges of elderly drivers: identifying, prioritising and factorising the ergonomic attributes, International Journal of Vehicle Design (2019). DOI: 10.1504/IJVD.2019.102336
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Oct 04, 2019
I am 72 years old and want a tesla. Tesla's are the safest cars on the road and the closer they get to autonomous the safer driver I become. At present my concentration is limited, my eyesight poor and reflexes slow.

Oct 04, 2019
@rderkis: I'm 70 and I completely agree with you. I hope I can afford a used Model 3 within 2 years.

Oct 04, 2019
I'm 71 y.o. and disagree as I enjoy driving my BMW X5.

Oct 04, 2019
Surprisingly, a big category of Tesla buyers is BMW owners. Teslas are a lot of fun and more environmentally responsible. Maybe BMW will have a good EV soon...

Oct 05, 2019
As Prius owners are pious, Tesla touts are NIMBY idiots. Learn infrastructure integrated pollution.

Oct 05, 2019
Doug. Your science is 5 to 10 years behind the times (at least). If you would actually read Physorg articles instead of just posting idiotic comments, you wouldn't post so many idiotic comments.

Oct 06, 2019
I am 72 years old and want a tesla. Tesla's are the safest cars on the road and the closer they get to autonomous the safer driver I become. At present my concentration is limited, my eyesight poor and reflexes slow.
Yeah and your intellect is fading fast as well.

Self-driving cars will force the issue. When there is an alternative, insurance companies will price older drivers right out of the driver's seat.

An old woman almost ran right into me in a pkng lot last week. Last year one ran into me in a similar situation. A few years ago I saw 2 elderly crashers in a single week... a woman mistook her gas pedal for the brake, knocked over a light pole, and sat spinning and smoking her tires at full throttle for 15 seconds. A few days later an old man jumped a curb and hit a bldg head on. Several years ago I saw an old guy pull out right in front of a car, flipping it over.

We read about this sort of thing all the time.

Oct 11, 2019
An old woman almost ran right into me in a pkng lot last week. Last year one ran into me in a similar situation. ...

That's where they go for target practice.
LMAO.

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