Automobile driver controls locations and operational modes and expectancies were studied in order to develop recommendations for modifying Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 101. Study phases included: (1) a field investigation of driver controls operation expectancies; (2) derivation and review of proposed rule-making recommendations; (3) analysis of current control option provisions in domestic and foreign vehicles; and (4) preparation of recommendations for modification/improvement of FMVSS No. 101 and future research standards. Results include: (1) the analysis of control operation expectancy data to support specific recommendations for improved driver-controls interface; (2) the identification of several areas for rule-making in which current information is inadequate; (3) development of a preliminary draft of a modified standard relative to FMVSS No. 101; (4) the application of human engineering principles to identification, location, operation and illumination for automotive controls; and (5) recommendations for needed research to enlarge data bank.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Man Factors, Incorporated

    4433 Convoy Street, Suite E
    San Diego, CA  United States  92111

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Black, T L
    • Woodson, W E
    • Selby, P H
  • Publication Date: 1977-11

Media Info

  • Pagination: 209 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00181979
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-HS-803-456 Final Rpt., MFI-77-108(F)
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-6-01445
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 14 1979 12:00AM