Only 50% of people know all the symbols on their car dashboard – check how many you know

Icons on a car’s dashboard can cause anxiety behind the wheel if you’re not sure what the icons represent – however, Apple has planned an upcoming software update that will help solve this problem.

The tech giant’s iOS 17 update, due out in September, will offer a Visual Look Up feature that will allow drivers to quickly identify icons that tell what’s wrong with their vehicles.

With Apple's iOS 17 update due out this fall, the dashboard icon icon confusion will soon be a thing of the past


With Apple’s iOS 17 update due out this fall, the dashboard icon icon confusion will soon be a thing of the pastPhoto credit: Getty

Drivers can take advantage of this feature by taking an iPhone photo of their dashboard before opening the image in their photo app, reports iDownLoadBlog.

If Visual Look Up detects a car icon in the picture, a twinkling sign will appear over the information button on the bottom right of the photo you see when you tap the screen.

Pressing this information button brings up another lookup button that you can touch to decipher the dashboard icon.

Siri then displays web information with explanations about the icon from multiple sources, which you can scroll through.

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When you’re done reading the info, press the X-shaped button in the top-right corner of the menu before tapping your photo again to return the image to full view.

Apple’s new software update ultimately helps drivers avoid having to sift through hundreds of owner’s manuals to figure out what a dashboard icon means.

However, it’s important to note that not every dashboard is a warning light, as some indicate vehicle functions, mechanical problems, and safety systems.

The colors of the dashboard icons also serve different purposes.

Green or blue lights indicate that a system is powered on or operational.

Amber/amber warning lights generally indicate that your vehicle will soon need service or repairs.

However, when a red light comes on, it usually means you should take immediate action.


TaraSubramaniam is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. TaraSubramaniam joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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