Graduate Research and Discovery Symposium (GRADS)


Who really understands the information presented on instrument clusters?

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With the dramatic increase of vehicle technology, instrument clusters have become increasingly complex. The development of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and different powertrain configurations (e.g. internal combustion engines, hybrids, electric vehicles) has increased the demand on drivers to become familiar with the amount of information displayed. Teen drivers, automotive engineering students, driving rehabilitation specialists, and performance driving instructors completed a survey. Overall, participants had poor performance identifying symbols that are presented to the driver on the instrument cluster. Teens had dramatically poorer performance (29%) compared to the three other groups (60%).

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