Title: An ergonomic case study on the interior customisation of Fast Response Cars (FRCs) based on vehicle adaptation

Authors: Andre Liem

Addresses: Department of Product Design, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Kolbjorn hejes vei 2B, 7491 Trondheim, Norway

Abstract: This paper discusses the interior customisation of two Police Fast Response Cars (FRCs), namely Volvo V70 Station Wagon and Mitsubishi Space Wagon, from an ergonomic design perspective. Customisation of the front areas addressed the interaction among the electronic communication devices, front-passenger and driver, whereas the retrieval and storage of equipment and tools were explored in the rear interiors. Concerning the rear interior space, the Mitsubishi performed better than the Volvo. A three-layered design improved accessibility of equipment. The installation of on-board computer facilities, secure placement under extreme driving conditions was suggested near the centre console at the front passenger seat.

Keywords: FRCs; fast response cars; workspace optimisation; adaptive vehicle core; interior customisation; ergonomic design; customised vehicle interiors; police cars; ergonomics; vehicle design; human factors; equipment accessibility; on-board computers; in-vehicle technology; vehicle adaptation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJVD.2011.040585

International Journal of Vehicle Design, 2011 Vol.55 No.2/3/4, pp.237 - 255

Published online: 07 Jun 2011 *

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