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Exploration Of Novel Approaches To Convey 3D Effects In Automotive User Interfaces

Szostak, Magdalena (2022) Exploration Of Novel Approaches To Convey 3D Effects In Automotive User Interfaces.

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Abstract:Over a span of the last ten years, the automotive industry has seen a sudden rise of in-vehicle infotainment systems (IVIs). Staying at the forefront of this emerging market requires innovative solutions as the novelty of IVIs is believed to be a source of a vehicle’s perceived luxuriousness. One of such advancements is the introduction of 3D effects to the in-vehicle experience. However, the commonly used 3D technologies have multiple shortcomings for in-car use, which begs an exploration of novel approaches to conveying 3D effects in automotive user interfaces. In this context, the camera-based solutions provide opportunities to create novel 3D effects in 2D digital instrument clusters by manipulating the 3D scenes to match the driver’s point of view. Considering the novelty of such a safety-critical solution, a key goal of this research was to provide design guidelines and user requirements regarding the implementation of a dynamically simulated 3D instrument cluster for car displays. A systematic literature review was conducted on the monocular depth cues and their potential for depth recreation on a flat surface. Relevant depth cues were identified and their resulting combination, as well as the remaining questions were addressed in a follow-up experiment. For this purpose, the cues were tested on both depth-related performance and the subjective depth impression. Moreover, interviews were conducted to gather insights on the visual preferences and user acceptance towards the in-car use of the 3D effect. Overall, the obtained results provide strong support for the observer-produced motion parallax and its effectiveness in creating a simulated 3D effect. Additionally, the 3D effect was received positively and with a high level of acceptance towards the implementation in the automotive context. However, multiple user requirements were mentioned by the interviewees. The key insights gathered from the review and the experiment were therefore used to create practical guidelines for both design and implementation of a 3D digital instrument cluster. Based on these guidelines, several designs have been developed to illustrate their optimal use. Lastly, the remaining questions were outlined and were followed by recommendations for future research directions.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
ART S.p.A., Passignano sul Trasimeno, Italy
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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