Subjective Perceptions and Objective Characteristics of Control Elements

The way in which control elements in motor vehicles are subjectively experienced and whether such evaluations can be systematically related to the objective characteristic of the control element is discussed. A basic problem is the multi-dimensionality of the evaluation. In order to minimise the number of evaluation dimensions necessary to make a judgement, a market research technique is used which records associations with a so-called semantic differential. A study of pushbuttons is outlined which used 30 property pairs grouped under hardness versus softness, stiffness versus looseness, unreliability versus reliability and originality versus conventionality. Evaluation by the test subjects was then related to demographic features. Suitable physical characteristics of the pushbutton were then derived from a force/distance diagram. Using multiple regression the physical metrics were then used as predictors of subjective characteristics. The relationships are discussed and the possibility of designing elements of vehicle interiors with specific characteristics for specific target groups is suggested.

  • Authors:
    • ROSIER, F
  • Publication Date: 2009-6


  • English

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  • Pagination: 48-53
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01147006
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 24 2009 8:37AM