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(MIT)   Could your car's font be killing you?   ( divider line
    More: Scary, navigation systems, road traffic safety, cars, brightness  
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8690 clicks; posted to Geek » on 06 Oct 2012 at 4:22 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-10-06 05:09:54 PM  
3 votes:

DubyaHater: I don't even own a car. If I can't ride my bicycle to a particular destination, it's not worth the trip.

2012-10-06 02:53:12 PM  
2 votes:
Lucida sans console
2012-10-06 07:50:58 PM  
1 vote:

Kuroshin: Fonts on my dash? Huh? The only thing on my dash is a big, long LCD bar for the tach that spans the top edge and three HUGE LCD digits just below.

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And it's positioned just below the top edge of the dash, just below your eyeline (if you're sitting correctly - meaning very low). I can watch for the shift light flash (the red over-rev marks flash when you reach 8500RPM) and speed readout using only my peripheral vision.

Honda knows what matters, and where to place it. Everything else is extraneous.

Hello, Michael
2012-10-06 02:41:14 PM  
1 vote:
If you're moving your lips while reading your dashboard, you have bigger problems than what typeface was used.
2012-10-06 02:31:14 PM  
1 vote:
In recent tests, researchers with MIT's AgeLab have found that dashboard displays using the more open and differentiated lettering found in the "humanist" family of typefaces are easier for people to read quickly than displays using the more uniform and tightly spaced letters of the "square grotesque" style. Male drivers, in particular, can process messages in humanist lettering about 10 percent faster, on average.

So: comic sans dashboard font FTW.
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