Use of Kinect™ for Naturalistic Observation of Occupants in Vehicles

Restraint performance is evaluated using anthropomorphic test devices (ATD) positioned in prescribed, optimal seating positions. Anecdotally, human occupants, children in particular, have been observed to assume a variety of positions that involve changes in posture and alterations in seat belt placement and geometry which may potentially affect restraint system performance. In their previous research, the authors have described these position and posture differences using conventional video recording and analysis methods. These efforts, while being critically important for defining the nature and magnitude of the problem, have been largely qualitative, and have identified the presence or absence of out-of-position (OOP) and the direction of OOP (i.e. leaning forward out of the restraint). Furthermore, data analysis has been resource intensive. As a result, there is a need to evolve this methodology to be more quantitative both in order to streamline the data analysis process and to obtain precise body position data that can be used to develop countermeasures to mitigate particularly harmful positions and postures. Thus, the objective of this study was to develop and trial an innovative data collection and analysis method, using Microsoft Kinect™, to determine the naturalistic positions of child occupants while restrained in cars using quantitative techniques.


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  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 343–344
  • Monograph Title: Annals of Advances in Automotive Medicine. 57th Annual Scientific Conference, Québec City, Canada, September 23-25, 2013
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  • Accession Number: 01528329
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 4 2014 2:23PM