The objective of this project was to increase the scientific understanding of typical front-seat passenger postures through a naturalistic study observing in-vehicle behaviors.
Recent studies suggest a relationship between crash injury risk and occupant posture, particularly in postures different from those used with anthropomorphic test devices (ATDs) in crash testing. As automated vehicles take to the roads, the range of postures is expected to increase in comparison to today’s upright seating positions.
What postures, seat adjustment positions, and activities are prevalent among vehicle passengers?
Research concluded in February 2020 and will be presented at the 2020 Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM), in October 2020 in Portland, OR.
The study determined:
This project is in collaboration with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.