IET: Majority of over 60s shun smartphone based intelligent transport services

At least 80 per cent of people aged 60 and over say they would not use transport-related mobile services or dedicated smartphone travel apps, joint research by the UK-based Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Intelligent Transport Systems UK (ITS UK) found. The two bodies say more must be done to convince users in this age group of the benefits offered by intelligent transport services such as departure times delivered via SMS or real-time updates using smartphone apps. Sahar Danesh, Principal Policy Advisor at the IET, said up-to-date transport data can improve consumers' experience of public transit services, and that getting more over-60s to utilise intelligent transport systems mean many more "could enjoy fully independent travel instead of being housebound or relying on relatives and carers as they do today." Report