Comparison of E-Ink and OLED Screens as Train Seat Displays: A User Study

Vivek Suresh Babu, Luis Oliveira, Stewart Birrell, Andy Taylor, Rebecca Cain

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This study was designed to provide an evaluation of two types of train seat displays (OLED and E-ink), from a user-centred perspective. Numerous factors influence the decisions on which display to use, such as costs or energy use. It is also important to consider human factors aspects like readability and user preferences. To provide some real-world insights into these issues we designed a pilot study to compare both displays. Participants were asked to give their impressions and respond to questions during a semi-structured interview process, when they were presented with both displays. Results show that participants favour the OLED display overall as it is easily noticeable in different light conditions. However, some aspects of the E-ink are preferred: it is easier to read and understand. We conclude that research with real users is extremely important when designing and defining hardware to be used during the implementation of intelligent transport systems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntelligent Transport Systems – From Research and Development to the Market Uptake - 1st International Conference, INTSYS 2017,Proceedings
EditorsTatiana Kovacikova, Ľubos Buzna, Ghadir Pourhashem, Giuseppe Lugano, Yannick Cornet, Nathalie Lugano
PublisherSpringer-Verlag London Ltd
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9783319937090
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event1st International Conference on Intelligent Transport Systems, INTSYS 2017 - Hyvinkaa, Finland
Duration: 29 Nov 201730 Nov 2017

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST
ISSN (Print)1867-8211


Conference1st International Conference on Intelligent Transport Systems, INTSYS 2017


  • Passenger information system
  • Seat displays
  • Usability
  • User centred design
  • User experience
  • User preferences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications


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