Application of Virtual Ergonomic Tools for Evaluating an Inclu-sive Autonomous Vehicle Interior

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) present the opportunity to increase the passengers' comfort during the rides and help persons with impairments make daily transportation independently. However, in order to make full use of these advantages, a new design approach is needed for developing AV models. This paper aims to present a specific approach in the design process and ergonomic evaluation of an inclusive AV interior. The used approach of combining vehicle standards and regulations, ergonomic and anthropometric data, with user requirements, inclusive principles and universal design is explained in detail. In addition, virtual ergonomic evaluations are conducted in order to examine the success of applying the ergonomic and inclusive approach. The results emphasize the benefits of virtual ergonomic tools for successful ergonomic assessments.

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