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Car tech to help older and disabled motorists

Which technologies can help older and disabled motorists?

The table below provides an overview of which technologies can help with steering, braking, overall control and parking.

See also RiDC's research:

Technology Description Strength Dexterity Vision Reactions Hearing
Type of technology and what it helps with
Hill start assist Prevents car from rolling away when trying to pull away on an up or down gradient        
Parking assist Lets the car steer itself into a parking space with little input from the driver      
Information systems Gives the driver additional information to help with a specific task, eg satellite navigation, blind spot detection      
Night vision Increases visibility of the road ahead, typically by using infra-red sensors which detect heat        
Blind spot detection Detects other vehicles on the driver's side and rear blind spots; can give audio alarm      
Assisted or power steering Less effort needed from the driver to turn the wheels.      
Lane change assistance When changing lane: monitors the areas to the left and right of the car and up to 50 metres behind it; warns you of potential hazards using flashing warning lights in the exterior mirrors        
Pedestrian detection Sensors detect the presence of people (and animals). This can be used to minimise any potential impact      
Lane departure warning Used on major arterial routes: warns driver when the vehicle begins to move unintentionally out of its lane. Some systems take control to stay in lane        
Emergency brake assist Compensates for deficiencies in the driver's action on the brake pedal        
Driver drowsiness detection Monitors driver and alerts them when their behaviour indicates drowsiness        
Adaptive cruise control Helps to avoid accidents by always keeping the vehicle at a safe distance from the traffic ahead        
Intelligent speed adaptation Monitors the local speed limit and adjusts the car's speed accordingly      
Emergency assistance system Alerts the emergency services in the event of an accident        

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Last updated: May 2017

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