Neurodegenerative conditions such as dementia can progress very gradually, and regular monitoring is required to identify the point at which driving becomes unsafe. Current methods of monitoring road safety for older drivers relies on regular reviews with doctors or expensive and stressful driving tests. These methods are resource intensive and inefficient. Thus, there is a need for more cost-effective and less invasive ways of monitoring road safety for older drivers.
The Changing Memory, Technology and Driving study (MemTech) will investigate whether a dashboard camera and a GPS data logger can be used to accurately measure changes in safety during an older driver’s everyday driving trips. If it can, then this might help drivers better manage their independence as well as safety.
If you decide to take part in this study, a researcher will arrange a visit to your home to provide a cognitive health questionnaire, complete a brief cognitive assessment and fit your car with an in-vehicle camera with GPS. Repeat home visits will be arranged to collect driving footage and remove/reinstall devices over the 6-month study period.
You may be a good match for this study if you:
- Are 60 years of age or older
- Have a current driver’s licence
- Are the primary driver of your car
- Drive at least 1 hour per week
- Are available for the duration of the 6-month study period and intend to continue driving during this time
If you would like more information or are interested in taking part in this study, please contact Abirami Raveendran:
Phone: 0475 428 538
Email: [email protected]
OR visit the MemTech study page at https://www.neura.edu.au/clinical-trial/changing-memory-technology-and-… and fill out the Expression of Interest form.
This study has been approved by the UNSW Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC Approval number: HC200917) and is funded by the Office of Road Safety.