The development of a participatory research methodology with older drivers.

Bradley, Michael D., Keith, Suzette, Whitney, Gill ORCID logoORCID: and Wilson, Judy (2007) The development of a participatory research methodology with older drivers. In: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons, 18-22 June 2007., Montréal, Québec.. . [Conference or Workshop Item]


This is the first paper from the EPSRC/SPARC funded research project: ‘An investigation into the advanced technology desires, needs and requirements of older drivers', which was led by Bradley as PI, and was a collaborative project in conjunction with Middlesex's Computing Science department, Brunel University Design Department and the Ford Motor Company. Bradley had previously been leading in-house research into this area when he was Head of Human Factors at the Ford Motor Company, from whence the Third Age Suit was created (an empathic device for young designers and engineers to use to experience some of the effects of ageing). The project investigated how advanced technology could assist older drivers with their use of the car, through user led elicitation and design methods.

This paper describes the development and practice of the participatory research method used to elicit older drivers' needs in the context of possibilities that technology can offer. This was conducted through detailed focus group and telephone interview investigation, specifically with respect to issues of speed limit compliance, and a user interface for a technology to assist the driver with this task. This ‘user-led' method for identifying a user need and then taking the need forward into a participatory design process has not previously been utilised in an advanced vehicular technology field, and in particular with older drivers as the primary user group. Transed is an international conference in the field of accessible transportation.

Bradley was also invited to talk at workshop events organised at Leeds University and for SPARC's public output forum in Eastbourne.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology
A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science
A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science > Artificial Intelligence group
Item ID: 455
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Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2008 15:24
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:11

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