Adaptive Dark Mode: Investigating Text and Transparency of Windshield Display Content for Automated Driving

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Windshield displays are a promising technology for automotive application. In combination with the emergence of highly automated vehicles, chances are that work-related activities will become more popular on the daily commute to and from work. While windshield displays can show content relevant for non-driving related activities, little information is available on how potential users would utilize these displays in terms of text and background color as well as transparency usage. In this paper, we present the results of two user studies (pilot study: N = 10, main study: N = 20) addressing this issue. Findings from quantitative measurements and qualitative pre-/post study surveys and interviews suggest a strong preference for the chat window being located on the driver side presented in dark mode with adaptive background transparency levels based on the luminance of the outside environment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th German HCI Conference (MuC 2019)
PublisherACM Press
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event19th German HCI Conference (MuC 2019) - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 8 Sept 201911 Sept 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Informatics (LNI), Proceedings - Series of the Gesellschaft fur Informatik (GI)
PublisherGesellschaft fur Informatik (GI)
ISSN (Print)1617-5468


Conference19th German HCI Conference (MuC 2019)
Internet address


  • visual aesthetics
  • dark mode
  • automated driving
  • chat application
  • windshield display
  • user study


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