Older Drivers and Navigation Devices

Electronic navigation systems (ENS) could aid older drivers through freeing cognitive resources otherwise needed for way finding for use on other tasks, thereby prolonging older adults’ driving careers. Alternatively, these systems may increase driver workload through selecting an unexpected route or otherwise distracting the driver. This study will explore the extent to which navigation systems support or impair older adults’ driving performance. The objective of this project is to assess driving performance of older adults driving to unfamiliar destinations under two conditions: using instructions and/or a paper map and using navigation system. Participants will include 40 participants from each of two age groups, 60-69 and 70 and older. Each age group will include 20 drivers accustomed to using an ENS and 20 who are not. This project will document differences in older adults’ performance while they drive to familiar destinations, unfamiliar destinations using paper maps and/or written directions, and unfamiliar destinations using an ENS. The project will also explore the benefits of providing training for older adults in using an ENS.

    Language

    • English

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $703701
    • Contract Numbers:

      DTNH2209D00138/0008

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, D.C.  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, D.C.  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Sifrit, Kathy

    • Performing Organizations:

      Dunlap and Associates, Incorporated

      110 Lenox Avenue
      Stamford, CT  United States  06906
    • Start Date: 20130930
    • Expected Completion Date: 20180930
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: Behavioral Safety Research
    • Subprogram: Older Driver

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01619842
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
    • Contract Numbers: DTNH2209D00138/0008
    • Files: RiP, USDOT
    • Created Date: Dec 22 2016 4:56PM