Friday, May 16, 2008

Boomer-Friendly cars

Businessweek has an article about Boomer friendly transport. It includes some of the old chestnuts - Nissan’s "aging suit" to help its designers experience the trials and tribulations of ageing.

General Motors is adding features such as blind-spot monitoring and lane-departure warnings – I wish it would install these features in its vans and lorries!

Apparently GM is working on "vehicle-to-vehicle" communications that could warn a driver that cars in a line several cars ahead are applying their brakes. GM is also making more widespread use of simpler features like larger, more legible numbers and letters in its instrument panels.

The most obvious problem shouting out for some smart techy to solve is the hassle of night driving. Some high-end luxury cars from Mercedes-Benz and BMW already have features but it sounds like it is at an early stage of development.

The article contains a lot of other examples of things that are going on or planned for the future. It is also worth listening to the podcast from the American Automobile Assn. published about its report "Smart Features for Mature Drivers".

It is good to see that the car industry is beginning to wake up to the opportunities of making age-smart cars. Dick Stroud

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I agree with your comments about Night Vision not being ready for prime time yet, but it's
a. important, because a lot of jokes notwithstanding, by all accounts your night vision really is the first thing to go, and
b. Night Vision is pretty hard to appreciate, in its current iterations. I recently saw a next-generation demo and it's better, but still has a long way to go.
Jim Henry