The Creation of Symbols for Road Vehicles, Especially for Heavy Trucks 2000-01-3410
The need for new symbols for controls, indicators and tell-tales is steadily increasing due to the rapid technical development in modern vehicles. When creating new symbols it is important that the different aspects, which influence symbols, are accounted for. What should a symbol depict? The actual thing that happens or the objects involved in the process? The understandability of a symbol is important and the utmost goal is that a symbol should be self-explanitory. When using a symbol it is also important that it is used in the correct context. Many times the language or cultural background of the user can influence the understandability. Testing the understanding of symbols in a survey form is an important tool in creating good symbols.
These and several other factors involved in the creation of symbols, together with what the future will bring, are covered in this paper.