1975-02-01

Dynamic Anthropometry and Design of a Vehicle Driver's Control Area 750430

To make it possible for a driver to get the best advantage of it, a vehicle driver's control area must be so designed as to comply with morphological and biomechanical requirements. If such requirements are met, the best compromise may be found between the need for comfort, safety and optimum efficiency of the Man/Machine complex.
Problems encountered in the achievement of a more or less elaborate driver's control area are of different kinds:
  1. 1.
    Dimensional analysis of the space used by the driver and relative motions of anatomical elements. In other words, it is essential to further investigate the overall or segmentary room within standard reference attitudes, then attitudes imposed by the proper location of controls. Afterwards, it is necessary to study the changes in this room during the motions required to perform automotive driving phases. This task can either be the handling of a control or shifting from one control to another.
  2. 2.
    Performance variability analysis in relation to control position within the defined activity space.
Actually, we easily conceive that such a method of analysis can only bring valuable knowledge if it takes into account a fundamental factor too often neglected as regards material and equipment design, that is the development of morphological features of using population.

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