Older People Driving a High-Tech Automobile: Emergent Driving Routines and New Relationships with Driving

Authors

  • Jessica A. Gish McMaster University
  • Amanda Grenier McMaster University
  • Brenda Vrkljan McMaster University
  • Benita Van Miltenburg McMaster University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.22230/cjc.2017v42n2a3125

Keywords:

Phenomenology, Technology, Users and gratifications, Aging, Embodiment / Phénoménologie, Technologie, Usagers et gratifications, Vieillissement, Personnalisation

Abstract

Advanced vehicle technologies (AVTs) (e.g., lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring) are sophisticated computer and electronically mediated communications that provide information to users, and, at times, assume control over parts of the driving task (e.g., automated braking). This article examines how AVTs are refashioning older people’s embodied relationships with driving, including driving routines, skills, sensuous dispositions, and modes of control that are considered integral to driving. Results from interviews with 35 older drivers driving a high-tech car call attention to the opportunities and challenges that entanglements with AVTs can present for aging drivers.

Les technologies automobiles de pointe (TAP) (par exemple, les systèmes de suivi de voie et de surveillance d’angle mort) offrent une communication informatique et électronique qui informe les automobilistes et parfois même assume le contrôle d’une partie de la conduite (par exemple, freinage automatique). Cet article examine comment les TAP sont en train de modifier le rapport personnel des aînés envers la conduite, y compris les routines, habiletés, dispositions sensuelles et modes de contrôle qui font partie intégrante de la conduite automobile. Les résultats d’entretiens avec 35 aînés conduisant des automobiles de pointe soulignent les occasions et défis que les TAP peuvent présenter à ces aînés.

MOTS CLÉS  Phénoménologie; Technologie; Usagers et gratifications; Vieillissement; Personnalisation

Author Biographies

Jessica A. Gish, McMaster University

Jessica A. Gish is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health, Aging & Society at McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4L8. Email: gishje@mcmaster.ca.

Amanda Grenier, McMaster University

Amanda Grenier is Associate Professor in the Department of Health, Aging & Society, Gilbrea Chair in Aging and Mental Health, and Director of the Gilbrea Centre for the Study of Aging at McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON  L8S 4L8. Email: grenier@mcmaster.ca .

Brenda Vrkljan, McMaster University

Brenda Vrkljan is Associate Professor in the Occupational Therapy Program in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON  L8S 4L8. Email: vrkljan@mcmaster.ca .

Benita Van Miltenburg, McMaster University

Benita Van Miltenburg is a graduate student in the Department of Health, Aging & Society at McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON  L8S 4L8. Email: vanmilb@mcmaster.ca .

Published

2017-05-23