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New tools for vehicle interior design

In: Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 45th Annual Meeting. Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn., Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 2001, p. 1138-1140; DOI: 10.1177/154193120104501432

Authors: Matthew P. Reed, Lawrence W. Schneider, Carol A. C. Flannagan, Miriam A. Manary

Research over the past decade has led to the development of a new, integrated suite of tools for vehicle interior design. These tools are based on posture and position data collected from hundreds of drivers and passengers in dozens of vehicles driven on-road, as well as data from laboratory studies with reconfigurable vehicle mockups. The tools include (1) a new H-point machine and associated CAD tool for use in seat design and vehicle package layout; (2) a model of driver-selected seat position; (3) a new eyellipse describing the distribution of driver and passenger eye locations; (4) three-dimensional contours describing occupant head locations; and (5) whole-body posture-prediction methods for use with human figure models. This paper describes these new tools in the context of the design and development of a passenger car interior.