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Do drivers understand new instrument panel displays?

Support for NHTSA’s mission to promote vehicle safety

The appearance and function of vehicles’ instrument panels, from the speedometer to the navigation system and mirrors, are changing. Large, visual displays that you can configure are replacing gauges; video images are replacing mirrors. Drivers may soon operate some features using hand gestures or just by glancing at them. 

New ways of interacting with these instrument panels may benefit drivers but may also distract or confuse them. Manufacturers and regulators need an established approach for evaluating the safety issues associated with these advanced displays and controls.

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