Brief Report: The Unrealized Potential of Autonomous Vehicles for an Aging Population

JournalJournal of Aging and Social Policy
AuthorsSimone Pettigrew, Sophie L. Cronin, Richard Norman
PublishedAugust 2018
PublisherRoutledge Taylor and Francis Group
Number of Pages12

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) have the potential to improve the health and well-being of older people. This exploratory study involved in-depth interviews with 43 key stakeholders across a broad range of sectors to identify the primary policy implications of AVs for aging populations. Four main issues were evident: a general lack of salience of the needs of older people in the AV discourse, the perceived dominance of the commercial drivers of AV technology, the implications of the particular characteristics of the senior segment, and a lack of available analyses to guide decision making. Threats and opportunities represented by these issues are discussed.