Effects of vibration on occupant driving performance under simulated driving conditions

Amzar Azizan, M. Fard, Michael F. Azari, Reza Jazar

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Abstract

Although much research has been devoted to the characterization of the effects of whole-body vibration on seated occupants’ comfort, drowsiness induced by vibration has received less attention to date. There are also little validated measurement methods available to quantify whole body vibration-induced drowsiness. Here, the effects of vibration on drowsiness were investigated. Twenty male volunteers were recruited for this experiment. Drowsiness was measured in a driving simulator, before and after 30-min exposure to vibration. Gaussian random vibration, with 1–15 Hz frequency bandwidth was used for excitation. During the driving session, volunteers were required to obey the speed limit of 100 kph and maintain a steady position on the left-hand lane. A deviation in lane position, steering angle variability, and speed deviation were recorded and analysed. Alternatively, volunteers rated their subjective drowsiness by Karolinska Sleepiness Scale (KSS) scores every 5-min. Following 30-min of exposure to vibration, a significant increase of lane deviation, steering angle variability, and KSS scores were observed in all volunteers suggesting the adverse effects of vibration on human alertness level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)348-355
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Ergonomics
Volume60
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Drowsiness
  • Human vibration
  • Lane deviation
  • Speed deviation
  • Steering angle

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