Effect of background scene complexity and field dependence on the legibility of head-up displays for automotive applications

N. J. Ward, A. Parkes, P. R. Crone

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    Abstract

    This study examined the legibility of information presented on head-up displays (HUDs) for automotive application as a function of background scene complexity, the position of the HUD within field of view relative to the background scene, and the perceptual capacity of the perceiver. Groups of field-dependent and field-independent subjects viewed video footage from the perspective of following a lead car on an open road with low, moderate, and high scene complexity. Subjects were required to track the lead vehicle and identify HUD-presented targets of a specified orientation and specified changes in a HUD-presented speedometer. The results indicate that (a) HUD legibility deteriorated with increased visual complexity of the background scene; (b) positioning the HUD on the roadway reduced the effect of background scene complexity on HUD legibility; and (c) field-dependent subjects made fewer correct and more false positive target identifications than did field-independent subjects.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)735-745
    Number of pages11
    JournalHuman Factors
    Volume37
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1995

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Behavioral Neuroscience
    • Psychology(all)
    • Applied Psychology
    • Human Factors and Ergonomics

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