The effect of reachability on global comfort perception: the case of car passengers in front seat

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  • 2018-01-1320

  • 2018-04-03
The increasing interest about passengers’ perceived comfort is driving the new research line towards the inclusion of comfort related performances into the automotive development plan. The introduction of a subjective performance, like the comfort one) into the design process have pushed the researchers to define or find a way to model the (dis)comfort perception during the human/artefact interactions. The last 15 years have seen only five “comprehensive models” that considered every aspect of human perception: the Helander model, the Moes model, the Vink-Hallbeck model, the Naddeo-Cappetti model and the Vink model. In all of them, the interactions between several factors that contributes to (dis)comfort perception can be recognized. The main purpose of this paper is to assess the effect of dashboard’s commands/buttons reachability on global perceived comfort. This paper, specifically addressed to the static analysis of the posture taken by the passenger in a B-segment car, describes the case study and the results reached through the analysis of the bio-mechanic features in the interaction between the front-seat passenger and the dashboard. Tests have been done in Virtual Reality Laboratory (VR Lab) at University of Salerno on a reproduction of the passenger’s seat by a fully reconfigurable seating buck. The interiors of a FIAT Grande Punto, MY 2013, has been reproduced through the setting of the seating-buck parameters. Several tasks have been performed by a statistical relevant sample; both subjective perceptions and objective parameters have been investigated. A virtual model of the car’s front seat has been prepaerd and several simulations (developed by DELMIA® software) have been made in order to verify the different positions taken while reaching the buttons/commands on the dashboard and to validate the postural acquisition. CaMAN® software was used for assessing the upper limbs postural comfort and several statistical correlations have been studied. On the basis of obtained results, an analysis of the influence of reachability on the global comfort perception has been made and very interesting results have been found.
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