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Psychological Effects of Use of Electric Scooter

Article of Honda R&D Technical Review Vol.21 No.1

Summary

A questionnaire survey and interviews were conducted with users of electric scooter in order to determine the psychological effect of using these vehicles. It was found that there was a significant increase in the level of satisfaction reported by respondents in going shopping, running household errands, and traveling between their house and fields after they commenced using an electric scooter. Forty-five percent (45%) of respondents indicated that they felt less fatigued when leaving the house since they began using a scooter. In addition, more than 40% of respondents answered that the use of an electric scooter had increased their confidence when they left the house, even if they went out alone. Prior to purchasing an electric scooter, most respondents had lost the means of mobility that they had used previously, and were experiencing trouble walking. This can be considered to have resulted in a decline in their feelings of self-efficacy and self-esteem. After beginning to use an electric scooter, survey subjects recovered feelings of self-efficacy and self-esteem, and regained self-confidence. It can therefore be concluded that electric scooters are able to contribute to the maintenance or enhancement of the quality of life (QOL) of the elderly.

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Author (organization or company)

Tadahiro YAGUCHI(Future Transportation Systems Research Lab.)、Arisa NISHIDATE(University of Toyama)、Akiko AJIMI(University of Tsukuba)、Tomomi MIZUNO(Kinki University)、Katsumi TOKUDA(University of Tsukuba)

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