â€œFordâ€™s goal in establishing a set of design principles for automotive interfaces that would be consistently applied to all models was to improve what it called the cabin experience. The program was given the internal code name HAL. […]
The guidelines that resulted from the program, a sort of universal logic for all the carsâ€™ switches and systems, helped shape the dashboard controls in the redesigned Ford Edge and Explorer. The standards will apply to future Ford models around the world.â€
The New York Times reports on how car designers have recognised the challenge of keeping vehiclesâ€™ controls up to date in an era when technology evolves far more quickly than automakers can move.