Applicability of location compatibility to the arrangement of display and control in human - Vehicle systems: Comparison between young and older adults

Atsuo Murata, Makoto Moriwaka

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Abstract

The effects of age on applicability of the location compatibility principle to the design of display and control systems were discussed. A dual-task experiment was conducted, in which the primary task was first-order tracking. The secondary tasks included control of an air conditioner, the operation of a radio and the operation of a CD/MD, by means of either a steering wheel-mounted switch or a console-mounted switch. The display was arranged either in front of or on the left side of a participant. Performance of the young group did not completely follow predictions of the compatibility principle. In particular, the principle did not apply to the left-side display condition. The steering wheel-mounted switch was more effective than the left-side switch even for the left-side display. The compatibility principle was applicable to both front and left-side displays for the older adults. For the front display, the steering wheel-mounted switch was more effective. Such differences should be taken into account when designing display and control systems in man - vehicle systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-111
Number of pages13
JournalErgonomics
Volume50
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 15 2007

Keywords

  • Aging
  • Dual task
  • Location compatibility
  • Man - vehicle system
  • Steering wheel mounted control
  • Tracking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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