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

Jessica A. Gish, Amanda Grenier, Brenda Vrkljan, Benita Van Miltenburg

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


Keywords


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

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

License URL: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ca/
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