Elderly Drivers' Needs: Methodological Approach and its Application to the Educational Context

Zhao, Chao, Popovic, Vesna, & Ferreira, Luis (2007) Elderly Drivers' Needs: Methodological Approach and its Application to the Educational Context. In Connected 2007: International Conference on Design Education, 9-12 July, Sydney, Australia.


The aim of this research is to explore the travel needs of Chinese older drivers in order to assist designers to better understand current and future users’ needs. A methodological triangulation consisting of interviews, logbook and co-discovery is used to collect multiple forms of data and explore the research question.

The pilot study developed an initial concept model to identify older drivers’ travel needs. Within this approach a vehicle is a “mediator” which gives a tangible expression about user’s experiences. It is envisaged that the proposed model can play an important role in design education in order to help design students to better understand the relations between culture and design. The application of the model in an educational context will focus on vehicle design as a representative example.

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ID Code: 11079
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the conference website (see hypertext link) or contact the authors.
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Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Design Innovation (120302)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (please consult authors)
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:31

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