Dashboard Analysis and Research – HUD Assignment

Dashboard Analysis and Research:


Purpose of dashboards:

Dashboards are essentially an interface through which the driver interacts to control the vehicle, as well as a source of information. The User Interface of a car would encompass the pedals, steering wheel, gears, hand brake, indicators and dashboard etc.

Dashboard Elements:

The main elements of a dashboard include the steering wheel, speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, odometer, various symbols and warning lights, and a series of gauges, compartments and possibly interactive screens in some more modern vehicles.


Several Elements Explained:

Speedometer: This shows the current speed of a vehicle. (This is an important element of the HUD.)

Tachometer: The Tachometer measures the rpm (rotations per minutes) of a disk or shaft in the motor. (This is not needed for the HUD, especially since the concept cars will be running off electricity.)

Odometer: Distance is measured by the odometer. (Not needed, as distance travelled is irrelevant information when racing on a track.)

Fuel Gauge: This instrument shows the driver how much fuel they have left. (This will be converted into a battery display of some kind for the electric concept car HUD.)

Digital Displays: These may show anything from your GPS system to your playlist of songs, possibly even your speedometer in some cases.

The needle used to point at the various parts of the speedometer and similar gauges is raised, the needle sits on or in a rotating node that is being operated by a bit of machinery inside the dashboard. If using a digital display, the needle will animate, usually emulating its real-life counterpart.

Mood Boards and Reference:



Why we need mood boards and references:

Mood boards and references allow us to ground our designs in reality, making them more believable, functional and visually pleasing. Having references allows us to make informed decisions and create designs that have a good balance of both form and function.



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Images used for reference and mood boards were found online.


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