Understanding the Adoption of and Education about New Auto Technologies among Older Adults

The aging of the population brings with it increased societal challenges, key among which is maintaining mobility for older adults. The growth of the population of older adults means a growth in the projected number of older drivers. Concurrent with this trend, auto designers and manufacturers are bringing more and more technologies to the car, not only to enhance the safe operation of the vehicle and the safety of the occupants, but also to increase their comfort and, increasingly, to automate the process itself. The goal of this project is to develop a deeper understanding of the ways in which older adults learn about and learn to use new auto technologies. Drawing on literature review, interviews and instantaneous response methods, this work will explore older adults' awareness of and attitudes to vehicle technologies, what they think about and whether they use them, and examine which sources yield higher levels of knowledge about the technologies and preferences for their use. The research will contribute to the body of work on technology adoption and to work on learning to use new technologies, particularly among older adults. Practically, the work will yield insights into how best to introduce and teach older adults about new technologies in order to encourage their adoption, if appropriate, and the correct use of these technologies to derive their maximal benefits. These insights may be used by manufacturers and by educational organizations to develop better materials and methods to inform and education older drivers


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $200000.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Start Date: 20131001
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20170531
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39259

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  • Accession Number: 01557127
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC31, MITR25-5
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Mar 18 2015 1:01AM