DEVELOPMENT OF RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPROVE CONTROLS OPERABILITY

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