Title: A new method for simulating the car-entering movement

Authors: P. Pudlo, M. Lempereur, F-X. Lepoutre, P. Gorce

Addresses: LAMIH, UMR CNRS 8530, Universite de Valenciennes, Le Mont Houy, 59313, Valenciennes, Cedex 9, France. ' LAMIH, UMR CNRS 8530, Universite de Valenciennes, Le Mont Houy, 59313, Valenciennes, Cedex 9, France. ' LAMIH, UMR CNRS 8530, Universite de Valenciennes, Le Mont Houy, 59313, Valenciennes, Cedex 9, France. ' HANDIBIO-ESP EA 31-62, Universite du Sud Toulon et du Var, Avenue de l'universite, 83957 La Garde, France

Abstract: This article proposes a four-step method for simulating the car-entering movement. These four steps are: 1) build a corrected motion database, containing the motions in which the feet follow their measured trajectory, 2) identify and characterise the motion strategies of the car-entering movement, with each strategy being synthesised for a representative subject with known kinematic attributes, 3) model a segment of the predicted motion (e.g., the foot trajectories) using the motion strategies identified in Step 2, 4) compute the joint angles and simulate the car-entering movement of a new subject. The results of the motion simulation demonstrate a good correlation between the corrected and simulated joint angles, with the distance between these angles increasing with the distance between the simulated subject and the representative subject.

Keywords: biomechanical simulation; biomechanical analysis; accessibility movement; vehicle design; biomechanics; car entering; kinematics; foot trajectories; motion strategies; motor deficiencies; trunk movements; lower limbs; digital human modelling.

DOI: 10.1504/IJVD.2009.027961

International Journal of Vehicle Design, 2009 Vol.51 No.3/4, pp.341 - 358

Available online: 22 Aug 2009 *

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