We conduct research in the application of rigorous design methodologies to the design of artifacts and environments for people.


A new approach to modeling driver reach

Reed, M.P., Parkinson, M.B., and Chaffin, D.B., 2003. SAE Transactions: Journal of Passenger Cars-Mechanical Systems 112(6): 709-718. (BibTeX Citation)



The reach capability of drivers is currently represented in vehicle design practice in two ways. The SAE Recommended Practice J287 presents maximum reach capability surfaces for selected percentiles of a generic driving population. Driver reach is also simulated using digital human figure models. In typical applications, a family of figure models that span a large range of the target driver population with respect to body dimensions is positioned within a digital mockup of the driver’s workstation. The articulated segments of the figure model are exercised to simulate reaching motions and driver capabilities are calculated from the constraints of the kinematic model.