Using GPS and accelerometry to assess older adults' driving behaviours and performance : challenges and future directions

Wong, Ides Y. (2013) Using GPS and accelerometry to assess older adults' driving behaviours and performance : challenges and future directions. In 18th International Conference of Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies, 14 - 16 December 2013, Hong Kong, China.


With the projected increase in older adults, the older driver population is estimated to be the fastest growing cohort of drivers among many developed countries. The increased physical fragility associated with the aging process make older adults who drive private automobiles a vulnerable road user group. Much of the current research on older drivers’ behaviours and practices rely on self-report data. This paper explores the utility of in-vehicle devices (Global Positioning Systems and recording accelerometers) in assessing older drivers’ habitual driving behaviours. Seventy-eight older drivers (above 65 years of age), from the Australian Capital Territory, Australia, participated in the current study. The driving behaviours and practices of these participants were prospectively assessed over a two-week period. The use of combined GPS and recording accelerometers to improve understanding of older drivers’ driving behaviours show promise within the current study. The challenges of using multiple in-vehicle devices in assessing driving beahaviours and performances within this cohort will be discussed. Based on the current findings, recommendations for future research regarding the use of in-vehicle devices among the older driver cohort are proposed.

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ID Code: 65366
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: older adults, mobility, driving behaviours, accelerometry, GPS
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 20 Jan 2014 23:38
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2014 06:09

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