Anthropometric vehicle design

Heiner Bubb, Rainer E. Grünen, Wolfram Remlinger

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The classic field of ergonomic vehicle design is the so-called vehicle packaging which defines the free space for drivers and passengers. Extensive SAE regulations have been developed for this purpose. The use of modern digital human models complements and partially redefines the application of these regulations. The following fields of work in vehicle-related anthropometric ergonomics are presented in detail: Since driving can in principle only take place in a seated position and long distances are often traveled, the highest demands must be placed on seats and seating positions. More than 90% of the information to be recorded for driving is done via the sight. Therefore, the design of technical elements that can impair visibility and support has elementary importance. Also operating and display components must be accommodated in the so-called visual and grasping space of the human being. An important role continues to be played by the room feeling. This refers not only to the driver's workplace, but also to that of the front passenger and to the second and third rows of seats. Special attention is paid to the entry and exit, especially with regard to the age shift of the population. To this end, various models have been developed to optimise access to the vehicle. In addition to driving, the loading of the vehicle plays an important role for acceptance. A separate subchapter is dedicated to the consideration of specific user groups, especially older vehicle users and children. The chapter is concluded by an examination of the so-called craftsmanship, which among other things is the joy of the product and its desirability.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAutomotive Ergonomics
PublisherSpringer Fachmedien Wiesbaden
Number of pages126
ISBN (Electronic)9783658339418
ISBN (Print)9783658339401
StatePublished - 19 Oct 2021


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