Published: 14th Jun 2019

©Barbara Evripidou A Bristol retirement village hosted a driverless car demonstration to show how the technology could help tackle loneliness in older residents. The ‘Pod Zero’ autonomous car was used by residents at the St Monica Trust’s Cote Lane retirement village as part of a £5.5m project launched in 2016 to develop a driverless vehicle that would improve mobility for older people with secure and connected infrastructure. Open to people aged 65 and over, the physical demonstration lasted around 10 minutes before attendees were invited to provide feedback on their experience. A safety ‘driver’ accompanied up to three participants at a time on a planned journey around the site. The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and Innovate UK are behind the project, which so far has found that older people have an acceptance of driverless cars as they understand they can give them … (To read the full article, subscribe below)