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Smoother dashboard typefaces might enhance driver safety

GasBuddy Blog -- Sometimes when you're driving along and you see some school kids trying to attract you to bring your car to the makeshift car wash they've assembled to raise money for gymnastics, or JV football or Boy Scouts...you want to stop and tell them that nobody can read a sign written in pencil when they're driving past it at 30 mph.

Researchers at MIT are focusing on the same thing. They're looking at how much time it takes us to read our own dashboard displays. And they believe that tenths of a second can mean the difference between driver safety and potential distraction consequences.

In recent tests, researchers with MIT’s AgeLab have found that dashboard displays using the more open and differentiated lettering found in the...


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2012 4:42:15 AM

if ppl weren't doing all sorts of things and only tangentially driving, it wouldn't be a big issue.
mantarran
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 8:36:26 PM

hmmmmmmmmmmmm
GasHunter0007
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2012 12:49:41 PM

Same idea goes with navigation devices, yes, the face plate is made of glass and yes, it will reflect when you are trying to read something from it when it's sitting on the dashboard. Think!!!! Maybe using anti-glare such as the ones used in Rx eyeglasses work!
GasHunter0007
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2012 12:49:40 PM

Same idea goes with navigation devices, yes, the face plate is made of glass and yes, it will reflect when you are trying to read something from it when it's sitting on the dashboard. Think!!!! Maybe using anti-glare such as the ones used in Rx eyeglasses work!
GasHunter0007
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2012 12:46:20 PM

Someone is just now noticing this? Common sense. All vehicles have shiny dashboard and yes, it's a problem for drivers. Somehow we managed successfully to not let it distract us. If you put a windshield or any type of glass, and the sun hits it, sunlight will reflect! This is not rocket science folks.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2012 4:43:15 AM

lots of gimmicks but no real driving. I agree Lobsters... too many facebookers.
Lobsters11
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 9:48:19 PM

If people were not so worried about their damn facebook we wouldn't have such a problem. The more technology we have, the stupider we get.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 5:08:28 AM

how about instill some values in drivers so they will not eat, text, yack and do all sorts of things behind the wheel but instead, gasp, actually DRIVE and pay attention to the roads and those around them?
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 11:15:52 PM

they should just make everything voice controlled then you wont have to look lol
carranco
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 10:56:55 PM

It doesn't take a scientist to figure that out.
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 10:52:20 PM

too many distractions
DanMtz
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 6:44:02 PM

So, they're trying to minimize time spent looking at the dash while gadget makers are trying to increase the number of distractions on the dash. Maybe it will all cancel out.
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 2:45:41 PM

With all the electronics on dashes this is a distration for the driver.
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 2:36:15 PM

GasBuddy must really like this article as it is now the third day it has appeared on this blog. One should drive their car, not play dashboard games with all of the useless information that some nerd thinks is cute so the price of the car can be jacked up to kill more people.
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 1:58:49 PM

Sounds like it will only raise car prices, not lower gas prices.
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 1:51:02 PM

"Not Newsworthy"
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 1:47:33 PM

Funny, how out of all the fonts available in MS Outlook that only Franklin and Verdana (NOT Veranda) were available.
myambro
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 1:45:21 PM

Very cool.
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 1:37:59 PM


Nothing new here.
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 1:36:43 PM

This is the third day I've commented on this article.
Dennisjk
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 1:31:35 PM

OK, OK already.
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 1:28:49 PM

ok
eddyp94
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 1:23:08 PM

But will it lower the car price...
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 1:22:10 PM

How many days in a row are we going to post this article?
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 1:21:38 PM

New article please
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 1:18:41 PM

illusions nothing but
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 1:18:20 PM

Old news, stupid idea!
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 1:17:11 PM

How about an audio warning that says "Hey, dumba$$! Slow down before you hit the car in front of you!" That could work....
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 1:10:15 PM

This is really old. Come on now!
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 1:08:34 PM

This article is getting moldy its so old
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 1:08:00 PM

can we move on from this article please??
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 1:05:20 PM

Ehhhh
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 1:03:57 PM

next
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 1:02:30 PM

I'm more distracted by the sign wavers shaking the signs into lanes of traffic. I'm all for freedom of advertising and speech except when it becomes a safety issue to them or my car.
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 12:59:18 PM

Old and a waste of money.
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 12:54:33 PM

3 day old post.
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 12:53:12 PM

that's interesting.
WhiteNight18
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 12:51:57 PM

better yet -
figure out a way to get the texters to STOP
while driving
Blondie22OH
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 12:49:49 PM

This has been a repeat since last Friday or Saturday.
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 12:47:21 PM

Good luck...
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 12:46:41 PM

This probably plays a very small role in the grand scheme of things. But when hundreths of a second can make the difference between life and death; or serious injury and minor injury then it's good they are doing this research.
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 12:46:39 PM

Old news
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 12:45:40 PM

Old report
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 12:45:23 PM

I think this is cool
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 12:44:19 PM

ok already
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 12:43:29 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 12:42:56 PM

i see my fuel gage going down...
NAVYHM
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 12:41:43 PM

AND YET ANOTHER REASON FOR DRIVERS TOO TAKE THEIR EYES OFF THE ROAD IN FRONT OF THEM... LOOK AT MY NEW COOL DASHBOARD, CRASH...
gravityhurts
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 12:41:16 PM

Enough already with this story...move on, PLEASE!
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 12:40:42 PM

3rd freakin day for this story
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 12:40:22 PM

Interesting concept.
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