Research team contacts

Principal Researcher:

Dr Xiaomeng Li, School of Psychology & Counselling, QUT

Associate Researcher:

Professor Andry Rakotonirainy, School of Psychology & Counselling, QUT

Associate Professor Ronald Schroeter, School of Psychology & Counselling, QUT

Research Student:

Ning Liu, QUT

What is the purpose of this research?

The first purpose of this research is to investigate how perceived health, perceived driving ability, and perceived changes in ability influence the older drivers’ acceptance of the automated vehicle. The second purpose of this study is to examine whether the automated vehicle can improve older drivers’ driving status (e.g. an increase in driving frequency, a reduction in driving avoid situations).

Are you looking for people like me?

If you are aged 50 years or older with an Australian valid driver’s license, you are invited to participate in this research project.

What will you ask me to do?

Your participation will involve completing an online survey and is expected to take 15-20 minutes to complete. The survey will include items about your demographic background (e.g., age, gender), perceived driving ability and attitudes towards fully automated vehicles.

Are there any risks for me in taking part?

There are minimal risks beyond normal day-to-day living associated with your participation in this research project. In the survey, there are questions asking your crash-involvement history (yes/no question). In this case, the topic of road safety may be sensitive, and such topics have the potential to cause discomfort. However, it is a small probability that you may have this kind of negative experience. It should be noted that your participation is voluntary, and you are able to stop by closing the browser at any time.

Are there any benefits for me in taking part?

It is expected that this research project will not benefit you directly. However, it is expected that this project will benefit older drivers in the near future. Automated vehicles are anticipated to improve older drivers’ outdoor activities and independence. And it may lead to greater knowledge on what factors are important in older drivers’ intentions to use automated vehicles in the future.

Will I be compensated for my time?

To recognise your contribution should you choose to participate, the research team is offering you the chance to enter a prize draw to receive 1 of 8×$40 Coles/Myer e-gift cards on completion of the survey.

I am interested - what should I do next?

If you are interested in participating in this study, please follow this link to the study site:

Promoting older drivers' acceptance of and interaction with automated vehicles survey

QUT Ethics Number: 5236