AgeLab researcher John Rudnik gave a presentation on transportation-related findings from the AgeLab Lifestyle Leaders panel at the 2019 Technology, Mind, and Society Conference in Washington, D.C.
Titled "The Oldest Olds’ Perceptions, Attitudes, and Acceptance of Future Transportation Technologies," Rudnik's presentation discussed factors influencing technology adoption among older adults, with particular attention to the role of feelings about transportation in determining willingness to accept autonomous vehicles.
The presentation drew on survey data and focus group responses from members of the Lifestyle Leaders panel, a research cohort of adults ages 85 and older who live in the Boston area.
The Lifestyle Leaders reported optimism about the potential of advanced vehicle technologies to increase their mobility and safety. Preliminary results suggested that amongst the Lifestyle Leaders, increased feelings of safety while driving, an increased tendency to only drive under certain road conditions, and increased feelings of calm while driving are all associated with a higher level of comfort with autonomous vehicles. However, more research is needed to understand how feelings of control and stress while driving relate to acceptance of new vehicle technologies.