Now that the personnel selection and assessment module is out of the way, the course has taken a distinctly cognitive turn at the start of the ergonomics module. I’m slowly collecting my thoughts together for the first of two module assignments which is due to be submitted on 12th May. As one of the instructions for the assignment is to comment on the suitability of the controls and displays in a motor vehicle we have access to – “illustrating our answer as appropriate” – I spent most of yesterday morning cleaning the inside of my car (for appearances sake, you understand) and then taking photographs, much to the amused confusion of one of my neighbours.
I wasn’t expecting to be surprised by what I found, but I was. I’ve had my current car for just over two years and have driven around 50,000 miles during that time, but I found a button tucked away on the roof, just above the windscreen, which did surprise me. I don’t remember seeing it before, let alone pushing it. There’s a photograph of the mystery button below if you’d like to have a guess as to what it might be for:
Give up? I had to! In the end, I did something most of us never do and read the owner’s manual, which is almost written in English in some places. The answer to the mystery is here.