Hi-tech car aid for older drivers

By Caroline Parkinson Health editor, BBC News website

Bruce Robson (82), from Benton tests the DriveLAB
The DriveLAB mobile laboratory is tested by 82-year-old Bruce Robson

A team at Newcastle University is developing new technology aimed at helping older drivers stay on the road.

Many give up because their reaction times have slowed down – but this means they become more isolated and inactive.

One of the Intelligent Transport team’s developments is a “Granny-Nav” which identifies the safest route, such as avoiding right turns.

The Age UK charity said “ability not age” should determine how safe someone is on the road.

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