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Cars for the vision impaired

by David Zatz on

As we get older, our vision tends to get worse, and eyeglasses become part of the uniform. This was not much of an issue in cars in the past, since there weren’t many things to look and play with; and tech limits gave trip computers extra-large LEDs.

trip computer imageDisplays with higher resolutions, such as Chrysler’s  seven-inch trip computer, have confounded drivers with  decent distance vision to drive, but fuzzy close-up sight. Fuel economy and distance to empty, street names on navigation systems, and such resolve into blurs. On most cars, none of these items are size-adjustable.

According to designer Ryan Nagode, speaking with Allpar in Chicago, car companies are not completely oblivious to the issue, and there may be future plans to help those whose vision is less than perfect, but who don’t want to bring bifocals into the car, saying, “it’ll definitely play into how we think about things in the future.”

We have a set of standards that we try to abide by. That’s actually part of our HMI group, our human/machine interface team.  It’s really about distances from our occupant, how the size of the text should be, how tall it should be…

For more, see our full interview with Ryan Nagode.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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