Simulation of Human-Vehicle Interaction in Vehicle Design at Saab Automotive: Present and Future

This paper describes how developers, reviewers and user of human simulation tools claim that the use of these tools may reduced development time and development cost. However, before these benefits will be fully visible, there are some barriers to overcome. The objectives of this case study are to identify which departments at Saab Automobile use some sort of simulation tool today, and to identify the information flow and procedure when the tool is used. Four departments: crash safety; packaging; production planning; and vehicle ergonomics were identified as direct users of human simulation tools. The tools used were finite element with crash dummy representation, SAE human model, Safework and Ramsis. Communications between human simulation tool users are limited. Communications are done through the project management. The crash safety and packaging departments have formal descriptions of the human simulation process, whereas production planning and vehicle ergonomics have no formal process descriptions. In order to gain from the benefits of human simulation tools, Saab Automotive needs to adapt them to the organization and the organization to the tools. Integration of a working methodology is essential for effective and efficient use in other human simulation departments where it is currently lacking.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: PT-119
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 621-627
  • Monograph Title: Recent Developments in Automotive Safety Technology

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01000093
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0768015030
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 5 2005 5:51PM