Beyond Percentiles: An Examination of Occupant Anthropometry and Seat Design 2004-01-0375
Size is one of the most basic and important factors when determining fit for people. Many methods used to test occupant fit and accommodation rely on a traditional set of three different sized manikins - 5th, 50th and 95th percentiles. Anthropometry, the study of human size dimensions, however, is a complex multivariate problem. Real people, real drivers are a mixture of dimensions tall thin, short, stout, etc. This paper examines population anthropometry and these traditional percentiles specific to vehicular seat design.