ERGONOMICS STANDARDS FOR ROAD VEHICLES

Work on producing ergonomics standards for road vehicles has been co-ordinated by ISO. This is improving the compatibility between drivers and vehicles. It has also been influential in harmonising the technical bases of different sets of regulations. The scope, content and technical approaches are reviewed and a case is made for the need for high standards of experimental work in the key areas. Symbols have been developed to identify many car controls and displays. A major feature in their development has been the use of common experimental evaluations in different countries. These covered both the initial recognition of symbols and their retention. These symbols have been developed to identify many car controls and displays. A major feature world; as well as for related classes of vehicles. Control identification is catered for by standards for location, mode of operation, and combination of function. A sophisticated tool has been produced to permit assessments of functional hand reach. This makes allowance for the presence of the steering wheel and the effects of different driver populations. A novel feature is the introduction of a "package factor" to cater for differences in seating characteristics. The description of the basic seating position provides the reference for many other parameters. Unfortunately the degree of standardisation which should have been achieved by the use of manikins, based on SAEJ826, has not been realised. Many variations have appeared. A recent meeting attended by 10 3D manikins showed up some of the differences within the UK. Efforts are continuing toward achieving convergence of technique. A standard exists as a guide to designers against a tendency for the drivers feet to be obstructed. Also, a joint international experiment has been designed to measure pedal efforts and present data in a usable form.(a) /TRRL/

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    Taylor & Francis

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    Abingdon,   United Kingdom  OX14 4RN
  • Authors:
    • Simmonds, G
  • Publication Date: 1979-2

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  • Accession Number: 00196917
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 15 1979 12:00AM