Activities, postures and comfort perception of train passengers as input for train seat design

Working in the train is a part of new ways of working. However, the ideal working position is unknown. Moreover, the ideal position for leisure and relaxing is also unknown. This article defines what activities train passengers mainly perform and which corresponding postures are seen. Based on the observations on actual train rides, four main activities could be identified: Reading, Staring/sleeping, Talking and Working on laptop. Working on laptop was the activity with the longest duration and talking had the shortest duration. Associated with these four activities, a top eight of different postures were observed. Except for headrest comfort, comfort scores were not significantly different between activities. The top eight corresponding postures combined with comfort scores showed that per activity different postures were observed and the comfort scores varied in relation to the combination of posture and activity. Nearly for all activities, the majority of passengers preferred adjustability options to fit the seat to the performed activity.

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    • Abstract reprinted with permission of Taylor & Francis.
  • Authors:
    • Groenesteijn, Liesbeth
    • Hiemstra-van Mastrigt, Suzanne
    • Gallais, Cedric
    • Blok, Merle
    • Kuijt-Evers, Lottie
    • Vink, Peter
  • Publication Date: 2014-8


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  • Accession Number: 01530821
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 24 2014 2:37PM