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Heads up Displays and Potential of Distraction

Started: September, 2014 Ended: January, 2017 Project ID #4W5208 Status: Completed

Objective

The purpose of this project is to investigate whether Heads-Up Display (HUD) technology changes the driver’s ability to process information on the forward road scene and respond to crash imminent situations.

Abstract

A Heads–Up Display (HUD) is a form of display technology that uses an image generator, image projector, and image combiner to display information within an optical plane with the forward field of the operator.  While originally developed for military purposes, this technology gained attention for automotive application with the advent of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) during the 1990s.  This project investigated whether HUD technology changes the driver’s ability to process information on the forward road scene and respond to crash imminent situations.  A supporting objective was to identify surrogate measures of distraction similar to eyes-off-road for drivers using the HUD versus a Head-Down Display (HDD) in different driving situations.

Contacts

  • Nic Ward - PI

  • Gregory Fitch - Main External Contact

Sponsors & Partners

  • Virginia Tech Sponsor

Part of: Safety and Operations

Project Tagged In: crash countermeasures, driver distraction

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