How do people move to get into and out of a European cabin-over-engine truck?

Jennifer Hebe, Klaus Bengler

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The purpose of this study was the identification of motion strategies for truck ingress and egress and the analysis of influencing factors. To shorten the development process, digital human models (DHM) are being used to simulate and assess human-machine-interfaces. Before being able to simulate a human motion with DHM, this movement needs to be well analyzed. For example, we analyzed which influencing factors lead to a change in motion. Therefore, this study considered the ingress and egress motion of 36 truck drivers into and out of two real vehicles, one with two steps, representing distribution transport, and one with three steps, representing long haul transport. The body height affected the choice of starting foot for the egress motion. This was the only impact factor that this study confirmed. Although no clear motion strategies, constantly used by every driver, could be determined, we identified frequently occurring general sequences of behavioral motion patterns for the ingress and egress motion.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018) - Volume VI
Subtitle of host publicationTransport Ergonomics and Human Factors TEHF, Aerospace Human Factors and Ergonomics
EditorsYushi Fujita, Sebastiano Bagnara, Riccardo Tartaglia, Sara Albolino, Thomas Alexander
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783319960739
StatePublished - 2019
Event20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, IEA 2018 - Florence, Italy
Duration: 26 Aug 201830 Aug 2018

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
ISSN (Print)2194-5357


Conference20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, IEA 2018


  • Motion strategy
  • Truck egress
  • Truck ingress


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