School of Engineering

OTTE

Older Travellers and Technology Engagement (OTTE) Project

OTTE project aims to answer the following research questions through a comprehensive literature review and interviews with scientists, practitioners and older people.

Project leader(s): Dr Amy Guo 
Sponsors: Transport Systems Catapult
Start/end dates: October 2016 to January 2017
Contact: Dr Amy Guo

Project details

OTTE project aims to answer the following research questions through a comprehensive literature review and interviews with scientists, practitioners and older people:

  1. Where do well-designed examples of new and emerging technology already exist (in transport and other sectors) that meet the needs of older people? Why have these technologies been used successfully older people?
  2. What are the key barriers to engaging with new and emerging technologies for older people, and how do these barriers differ by type of older person? Where older people have generally engaged with some forms of new technology, why have other older people not done so?
  3. What specifically needs to change to enable greater numbers of older travellers to access technology, which are aimed at helping people to plan and make journeys?
  4. Where is further research needed?

We are working with Voice North (www.voicenorth.org) at National Centre for Ageing Science and Innovation to:

  • Investigate why it is easy to engage with some technologies but difficult with others for older people;
  • Gain a thorough understanding of differences between genders, various age groups and impact of life experience on engaging with technologies; and
  • Identify areas for further research on the design of ageing-friendly technologies.

Project Team

Dr Amy Guo (Principal Investigator)
Dr Joan Harvey (Co-Investigator)
Simon Edwards (Co-Investigator)
Shuo Li (Researcher)