Head-up displays and their automotive application: An overview of human factors issues affecting safety

Nicholas J. Ward, Andrew Parkes

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Abstract

In response to the recent innovations to use head-up displays (HUDs) in vehicles, this paper discusses the relevant human factors issues arising from this display format and the potential safety implications. A review is made of the relevant HUD literature, primarily from the aviation field. The primary issues for automotive HUDs relevant to system performance and safety in the driving task involve interference from background scene complexity, system novelty, user perceptual style, cognitive disruption, and perceptual tunnelling. Basic research is necessary to investigate the extent of these issues as well as to resolve fundamental design specifications (e.g. HUD size, shape, placement, information content). It is suggested that the introduction of HUDs into vehicles be carefully considered. This will necessitate not only the reconsideration what constitutes an in-vehicle display, but also what constitutes the information to be conveyed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)703-717
Number of pages15
JournalAccident Analysis and Prevention
Volume26
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1994
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Automobiles
  • Driver behaviour
  • Head-up displays
  • IVHS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Law

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