COMPARISON OF PASSENGER-COMFORT MODELS IN BUSES, TRAINS, AND AIRPLANES

Recent controlled experiments concerning passenger ride comfort in intracity buses and intercity trains are reported and compared with past airplane ride-comfort studies. The primary method of analysis is linear regression of environmental and motion factors versus passengers' perceived ride comfort. The regression coefficients so obtained are compared among the three transportation modes for similarities. Transverse acceleration, vertical acceleration, and noise appear to be the dominant determinants of ride comfort in airplanes, roll is the major determinant of ride comfort in buses, and noise and roll are dominant in trains. Despite the differences in the dominant variables, the estimated regression coefficients for the different motions and noise are similar across all three modes. This suggests the possibility of a single general model incorporating all motions and environmental factors. /Author/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 1-6
  • Monograph Title: Transportation ride quality
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  • Accession Number: 00179348
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 030902675X
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 19 1978 12:00AM