Browse Publications Technical Papers 2011-01-2256

Application of Human Factors and Cognitive Neuroscience Principles in the Design of Vehicle Information Displays 2011-01-2256

The present paper provides a general review of trends in vehicle information display designs, specifically “dashboards,” noting that the purpose of those dashboard displays is to provide information that allows for safe and lawful operation of those vehicles. The author describes how these trends appear to have been driven by a combination of historical precedents including vehicle interior design, available vehicle display technology, and, later, by development of vehicle data busses.
The paper describes human factors and cognitive neuroscience issues that affect an operator's ability to read gauges in a dashboard display. The paper reports the results of the author's 2008 research where 71 of 101 survey respondents indicated that they find it hard to read their recreational vehicle gauges. It describes participants' significantly positive responses to the author's dashboard display prototype developed using human factors and cognitive neuroscience principles.
The final section of the paper identifies how human factors and cognitive neuroscience principles provide for vehicle information display designs that are more easily perceived and understood by vehicle operators. This section also relates how these principles provide guidance for display of data bus information and incorporation of other display devices in an operator environment. It is noted that such design considerations have the potential to provide for safer, more efficient, and more comfortable vehicle operation, and can positively influence vehicle purchase decisions.


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