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KU researchers develop smart dashboards

December 26, 2011

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Kansas University researchers are developing new, smarter dashboard displays to keep drivers' eyes on the road.

The effort includes researchers in design, mechanical engineering and psychology. They are working under the umbrella of the Center for Design Research.

Center director Greg Thomas says automakers are adding more bells and whistles to dashboards that don't adjust for different drivers or conditions.

He says the failure to integrate all components into a customizable, easy-to-read and ergonomic console creates safety issues.

That's what his group is trying to address with smart dashboards.

He says a smarter dashboard could feature a gas tank gauge that gets larger and brighter as the fuel level dips. The speedometer could change colors if the driver was going too fast or too slow.

Comments

consumer1 2 years, 3 months ago

KU needs to work on frost free windshields. The number of idiots who drive with a small hole scraped in front of the driver are amazing. Or texting signal detector which interrupts the signal of the phone text while the car is in gear.

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 years, 3 months ago

I am with antonio, maybe we should concentrate on smarter drivers. Lawrence would be a good place to start, there seem to be 10 totally clueless and dangerous drivers for every careful driver. And car repair shops. I have never seen so many newer cars with turn signals that do not work. Or headlights that won't work early in the morning or late at night. Or maybe just some people who do not understand the automobile classifications. What do you not understand about "parking lights???????

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consumer1 2 years, 3 months ago

Next cars will have an alarm that goes off when exceeding the speed limit by five mph or more. It get's louder the more you exceed the listed limits.

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James Minor 2 years, 3 months ago

No matter how smart the dashboard gets the dumber the driver will get.

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tange 2 years, 3 months ago

I need a dashboard that will remove my sunglasses as I exit the car and then present them to me when I return.

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profound 2 years, 4 months ago

Why not replace the steering wheel with a keyboard. That darn old steering wheel is way too complicated for the younger generation. And add a big red "me first" button for driving in heavy traffic.

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classclown 2 years, 4 months ago

The only thing really wrong with dash boards is the continued use of idiot lights rather than gauges in some vehicles.

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classclown 2 years, 4 months ago

"He says the failure to integrate all components into a customizable, easy-to-read and ergonomic console creates safety issues."

I've never had a problem 'reading' a console or dashboard.

"He says a smarter dashboard could feature a gas tank gauge that gets larger and brighter as the fuel level dips. The speedometer could change colors if the driver was going too fast or too slow."

Gee, it's so hard to tell where the needle points to on the gas gauge and those numbers on the speedometer that the needle points to are so confusing. It would be so much better if someone from the video game crowd could make a car look and act more like the cars we drive in the video games. Then we wouldn't have to take a couple of minutes to familiarize ourselves with the car or even think for ourselves while driving

That way we can focus on the more important things like texting.

p.s. Where on the dash are they going to put the meter that shows how many points we're racking up while driving?.

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