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The use of virtual reality and physical tools in the development and validation of ease of entry and exit in passenger vehicles

Lawson, Glyn; Herriotts, Paul; Malcolm, Louise; Gabrecht, Katharina; Hermawati, Setia

Authors

Paul Herriotts

Louise Malcolm

Katharina Gabrecht



Abstract

Ease of entry and exit is important for creating a positive first impression of a car and to increase customer satisfaction. Several methods are used within vehicle development to optimise ease of entry and exit, including CAD reviews, benchmarking and buck trials. However, there is an industry trend towards digital methods to reduce the costs and time associated with developing physical prototypes. This paper reports on a study of entry strategy in three properties (buck, car, CAVE) in which inconsistencies were demonstrated by people entering a vehicle representation in the CAVE. In a second study industry practitioners rated the CAVE as worse than physical methods for identifying entry and exit issues, and having lower perceived validity and reliability. However, the resource issues associated with building bucks were recognised. Recommendations are made for developing the CAVE and for combinations of methods for use at different stages of a vehicle’s development.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 9, 2015
Journal Applied Ergonomics
Print ISSN 0003-6870
Electronic ISSN 0003-6870
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 48
APA6 Citation Lawson, G., Herriotts, P., Malcolm, L., Gabrecht, K., & Hermawati, S. (2015). The use of virtual reality and physical tools in the development and validation of ease of entry and exit in passenger vehicles. Applied Ergonomics, 48, doi:10.1016/j.apergo.2014.12.007
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apergo.2014.12.007
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S000368701400297X
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0

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