A pair of academics will explore design inspired by an ageing world and optimal engineering for older drivers, at the inaugural Older Road User Conference later this year.
Dr Chris McGinley and Dr Julie Gandolfi will both present at the event, which is being held at the Royal Automobile Club’s prestigious Pall Mall Clubhouse in central London on 19 September.
The Older Road User Conference is being jointly organised by Road Safety GB in partnership with New View Consultants and the RAC Foundation – and in association with the headline sponsor Satsafe. More than 60 people have already registered to attend.
Dr Chris McGinley is a research fellow at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, where he leads on age and diversity research – managing technology, product, service and transport projects for a global client base.
Dr McGinley has published extensively in the area of people-centred design, and delivers lectures and workshops in educational settings such as the Imperial College, London and Kyushu University, Japan.
His presentation, ‘Design inspired by an ageing world’, will focus on design thinking and inclusive design approaches that are used to predict and tackle ever-changing future needs.
He will use case studies to illustrate how to engage, create and innovate with people to produce actionable research, and how this research can be applied to positively impact daily living and mobility.
Dr Julie Gandolfi is a chartered psychologist, with undergraduate and Masters degrees in psychology. Her PhD from Cranfield University focused on psychometric assessment of police driver risk.
In 2007 Dr Gandolfi founded Driving Research Ltd, a specialist consultancy incorporating psychological theory and research into the development and evaluation of road safety initiatives and attitudinal and behavioural driver assessment and training.
Dr Gandolfi’s presentation will look at key research in optimal engineering for older drivers, before exploring ways of helping older drivers to deal with the demands of the traffic environment – on the basis that we can’t engineer-out the complexity and cognitive demands of driving, which are key issues for older motorists.
The delegate fee for Road Safety GB and Academy members is £150. For other attendees from the public sector, third sector and academia the fee is £175 and for other attendees £225 (all prices plus VAT). The delegate fee covers all refreshments, including lunch.