Robert Walther
Obviously this heads up display is designed to give feedback as to what a (near future) self driving car is going to do. If the driver is ignorant of the rules, on the phone and has no clue as to how to react in an emergency situation, all of the tech display on earth is not going to help. Modern multi-lane, limited access, directionally separate driving is not conducive to teaching Grand Prix skills. Giving marginally competent operators more information becomes less useful as the amount of data increases. For 20+ computers analyzing billions of instructions per second and vehicle hardware reacting a thousand times faster than the human anchor, it is all in a day's accident free, self driving work.
So, I didn't see anything in there where they actually tested people using a heads up display while driving. Did I miss it? HUD info is complimentary to the task at hand, not just a random distraction, which is all these tests seemed to do. One of my cars has a HUD for just MPH and temp, and radio station when changing via steering wheel controls. You can also use a "night mode" that turns off the dash lighting. It greatly helps fatigue while driving at night, because my eyes can stay straight ahead. I wish my others cars had it, especially with the added info available these days. Especially one that could highlight deer at night from IR cameras. That's a big problem in my area.
Military pilots have long suffered "information saturation", especially during combat. These selected people are highly trained to deal with multiple critical inputs and still are not immune. A major effort is still underway to simplify, as much as possible, the information needed to safely manage such an environment. Drivers (many poorly trained) are much more likely to be overwhelmed and distracted- after all, we can barely keep up with phone calls. Perhaps HUDs should be limited to "synthetic vision"- FLIR displays that enhance difficult to see hazards- and let the driver just have better senses.
This is too new. It takes time for the person to learn what's important and what is not. Situational awareness is different today with sensors doing the work that eyes and hearing used to.
FrankNitty II
A person has to learn instincts from a defensive and offensive driving aspect. All this is going to do is, make present drivers lazy and the future drivers come to rely on this technology. How about this...instead of creating technology that dums down the human for profit; create technology that will assist with humanity's development in life preservation and etc.
Bob Flint
In the first slide is the green arrow showing that if you achieve 124kph (speeding) & dangerous maneuver you can pass? But do it now? Most highway limits here are 100kph, occasionally 110, but not 124, might as well be on the safe side and do 140kph, oopps not what the screen recommended aaaaaaaaaaaahhh
Bob Flint
Ok never mind just saw the top of the speedometer, you are already speeding haha, NOW GET OUTTA THE WAY the car in front of you is much slower and has his brakes on!
I agree with the study that too much information is distracting. But If I can select the information displayed it can be very helpful. I don't need to know what channel my radio is set to or what the outside temperature is though. Alerts like lane closings or TA can be very helpful as can extended sensors that warn of wildlife near/on the road. If I can't select what the HUD displays then it is detrimental.
Perhaps the engineers could limit the display to a safe amount of information, such as four types simultaneously, and let the user pick the four they would like to see? Personally, I wouldn't need anything fancy, just the stuff that's already on the dashboard, but up on the windshield instead.
Martin Hone
Obviously if information overload is a problem, reduce the amount of information. Driving is not a video game. Keep an eye out for the ever present dangers, or stay at home on your computer....