This report was produced in the ‘Flourish’ Project, a successful participant in Innovate UK’s Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Collaboration Research & Development competition. Flourish set out to identify innovative solutions that address two distinct but related topics within the connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) market which are seen to help realise market readiness of CAVs in the UK. Firstly, customer Interaction focusing on the customers’ needs and experience when using the technology; and secondly connectivity focusing on effective data analytics and ensuring that the cyber security and wireless connectivity elements of CAVs are safe by design.
Older adults with ageing-related impairments were seen to be particular beneficiaries of CAV technology, allowing them to continue to be active contributors to the economy and society. As a result the project has focussed on the needs of this group, hopefully accelerating their ability to become early adopters of CAVs. It is expected that by addressing the needs of older people that the knowledge, services and capabilities that will be developed will also be exploitable by other age groups. Consequently, the key objective for this review was to develop an understanding and articulation of current mobility needs, any existing experience of CAV (or components of it) and older people’s future expectations of CAVs in respect of their mobility.
Shergold, I., Wilson, M., & Parkhurst, G. (2016). The mobility of older people, and the future role of Connected Autonomous Vehicles