According to Julie Menack and Dr. David Lindeman in their new chapter on GCM Technology ,in Handbook of Geriatric Care Management 4th edition ,senior transportation has been revolutionized by technology.
New technology-enabled services and programs are emerging that are creating significant new opportunities for older adults and their family caregivers. Ride sharing services such as Lyft and Uber are reducing the cost and increasing accessibility for individuals to improve socialization and improve access to care and services.
Variations of these programs have begun in California through Lift Hero and Silverride, that provide scheduled pickups and specially trained drivers. In the foreseeable future, the greatest game changer that care managers should monitor will be self-driving cars. This technology breakthrough will result in significant independence for older adults and greater support for family caregivers.