Hector VR®: harnessing co-design principles to build a mixed reality driving simulator for older drivers
Submission Date: 2019
Driving is key to independence for many older people. However, ageing-related declines in processing, attention and cognition can impact driving competence. This project is the first of its kind in Australia to use a “mixed reality” solution to develop a driving simulator specifically with, and for, older drivers. As a decision assistance tool, the Hector VR® driving simulator provides older drivers with objective information about their driving competence including reaction time and compliance with road rules. Evaluation results confirm the utility of a co-design approach in developing a fit-for-purpose driving simulator with a high degree of user acceptance.