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In-car safety technology research

Research: In-car safety technologies – can they help older drivers?

In-car safety technologies are becoming more important in helping people to drive safely.
Download our research reports here:
In-car safety technology - what's useful for older and disabled people and available on popular models? 2016 (PDF)

Survey: older drivers

Rica surveyed 471 older drivers, reviewed the latest research, and collected industry expert opinions to answer our questions about in-car safety technologies.

We asked:

  • What are these technologies?
  • What do we know about their usability?
  • Who do they help the most?
  • What do older drivers have to say?  

Word cloud image generated from replies to our survey on in-car technologies

We found that:

Older drivers we spoke to are:

  • not very aware of available technologies that might help safer driving in later life
  • interested in in-vehicle information systems
  • suspicious of fully autonomous technologies (except when used in an emergency)

Written information about in-car technology:

  • should cover the needs and requirements of older people
  • doesn't seem to consider older people as a group in their own right


Press release: October 1st 2014: Rica calls for research into in-car safety systems and older drivers

Rica's research shows that in-car safety technologies are increasingly helpful in keeping drivers safe. But more usability research is needed to identify how these developments can be more easily used by older drivers.

For more information for older drivers who are currently think about their driving, see the links at the bottom of the page.

Research reports

The in-car safety technology research and literature review were funded by Motability and GEM Motoring Assist.

Last updated: May 2017

See also: Who can in-car technology help? | In-car safety explained | Older drivers driving safely