Safe-D: Safety through Disruption

Older Drivers and Transportation Network Companies: Investigating Opportunities for Increased Safety and Improved Mobility


For older populations, TNCs have the potential to provide enhanced mobility for a range of transportation needs, including healthcare appointments, necessary errands, and social opportunities. As it is well-documented that older drivers have a higher potential for crashes, there are significant potential safety benefits. This project will assess the potential of TNCs to enhance safety by decreasing the number of older drivers on the roadways while increasing their mobility options.

Final Report

02-016 Final Research Report (PDF)

EWD & T2 Products

Education Module (pptx): This module was developed suitable for use in a classroom lecture at the undergraduate or graduate level. The module consists of a PowerPoint presentation with speaker notes and an accompanying classroom assignment.

T2 Presentation (pptx) and Brochure (pdf): A presentation with speaker notes was developed for outreach to older people that addresses the concerns noted in the study and provides a primer on how to use TNCs. A brochure was also developed to supplement the presentation and for general dissemination that emphasizes the main points in the presentation. The presentation and the brochure can be distributed to retirement communities, local government agencies, libraries, community centers, churches, and medical offices.

Research Investigators (PI*)

Melissa Tooley (TTI/TAMU)*
Laura Higgins (TTI/TAMU)
Ben Ettelman (TTI/TAMU)
Johanna Zmud (TTI/TAMU)

Project Information

Start Date: 2017-9-01
End Date: 2018-10-31
Status: Active
Grant Number: 69A3551747115
Total Funding: $135,391
Source Organization: Safe-D National UTC
Project Number: 02-016

Safe-D Theme Areas

Transportation as a Service

Safe-D Application Areas

Risk Assessment
Vulnerable Users
Driver Factors and Interfaces

More Information

UTC Project Information Form

Sponsor Organization

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology
University Transportation Centers Program
Department of Transportation
Washington, DC 20590 United States

Performing Organization

Texas A&M University
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
3135 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-3135