Older adults' acceptance of vehicle functions that compensate for aging effects

Hee Chan Kang1, Lin Wang2, Kwanho Kim3
1School of Business Administration, Inha University, Republic of Korea
2College of Social Sciences, Incheon National University, Republic of Korea
3Department of Industrial and Management Engineering, Incheon National University, Republic of Korea
Cite this article:  Kang, H. C., Wang, L., & Kim, K. (2016). Older adults' acceptance of vehicle functions that compensate for aging effects. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 44(9), 1457-1466.

Volume 44 Issue 9 | e5565 | Published: October 2016 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2016.44.9.1457

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To investigate older drivers’ perceptions of vehicle functions that compensate for aging effects, including different levels of automation and various types of warning functions, we conducted a survey among older drivers in South Korea. Participants (N = 118 men and 45 women; age range 55–75 years) reported on how important they perceived each function to be. Results showed that, for older drivers, the importance of warnings about the surrounding environment was significantly greater than that of warnings about the driver’s condition and the car’s status. Further, fully automatic functions were significantly less preferred to warning and assistive functions. These results indicate that the characteristics and needs of older adults should be taken into account in relation to the design of vehicle functions.

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