Researchers at Newcastle University are developing new technology to help keep older drivers on the road for longer.
Using a mobile laboratory converted from an electric car, the Intelligent Transport team are testing the concentration, stress levels and driving habits of elderly drivers.
The results of the tests are then being used to develop technology which will combat the problems experienced by drivers in later life.
These include tools which help make navigation easier, improve night vision and control speed.
Professor Phil Blythe, head of the Intelligent Transport team, said: "For many older people driving is essential for maintaining their independence.
"What we are doing is looking at ways of keeping people driving safely for longer, which in turn boost independence and keeps us socially connected."
The research is part of a £12m project funded by Research Council UK looking at improving social inclusion using digital technologies.
The results of the research will be presented at the Aging, Mobility and Quality of Life Conference held in Michigan in June 2012.
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