I know older people who have given up their cars with great reluctance simply because the challenges of Driving While Elderly were insurmountable. It is a sad day when a bus pass is your ticket to freedom after a lifetime of driving.
But in Great Britain where the percentage of older drivers is higher than in North America, scientists are hoping to keep older drivers on the road longer, confident and safe, with an “emotionally intelligent” electric car designed especially for the over-sixty-five crowd.
Their intuitive car, a modified Peugeot iOn, will make up for drivers’ declining skills with some amazing abilities of its own. This vehicle, which gives new definition to the phrase “smart car”, can monitor heart rate and cardiovascular health, driver's concentration, stress levels and driving habits. (I wonder how the car responds to a dangerous reading. Does it call 911 for you?) Further modifications will allow the vehicle to perceive nearby obstructions so that the driver can avoid a collison, or park more easily.
This sounds to me like the sort of car we should make available to all comers. No need to prove you are pensioner in order to drive safe. How about an iOn for everyone who is guilty of Driving While Distracted/Tired/Hurried or just plain Stupid?