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Windshield Glare from Bus Interiors: Potential Impact on City Transit Drivers at Night

SAE International Journal of Transportation Safety

OHTECH Incorporated, Canada-Peter Pityn, Sue Clouse-Jensen
  • Journal Article
  • 09-07-02-0008
To be published on 2019-11-29 by SAE International in United States
Windshield glare at night is a safety concern for all drivers. Public transit bus drivers also face another concern about glare caused by interior lighting sources originally designed for passenger safety. The extent to which interior light reflections contribute to glare is unknown. Unique methods for measuring discomfort and disability glare during bus driving were developed. An initial simulation study measured windshield luminance inside of a New Flyer D40LF diesel bus parked in a controlled, artificial, totally darkened test environment. Findings indicated significant disability glare (from elevated luminance) in the drivers’ primary field of view due to interior reflections. Any reduction in contrast would result in less prominent glare if actual driving conditions differ. To assess this, levels of windshield glare were also measured with the bus parked on the roadside under the “background glow” of the urban environment. Findings reveal that under road conditions the extent of disability glare from interior reflections is much less, but not negligible, when contrast is reduced. The information gathered in these studies may be useful to manufacturers and…
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Ride- Comfort Analysis for Commercial Truck using MATLAB Simulink.

ARAI Academy-Sarnab Debnath
Automotive Research Association of India-Mohammad Rafiq Agrewale
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-28-2428
Published 2019-11-21 by SAE International in United States
Ride Comfort forms a core design aspect for suspension and is to be considered as primary requirement for vehicle performance in terms of drivability and uptime of passenger. Maintaining a balance between ride comfort and handling poses a major challenge to finalize the suspension specifications. The objective of this project it to perform ride- comfort analysis for a commercial truck using MATLAB Simulink. First, benchmarking was carried out on a 4x2 commercial truck and the physical parameters were obtained. Further, a mathematical model is developed using MATLAB Simulink R2015a and acceleration- time data is collected. An experimentation was carried out on the truck at speeds of 20 kmph, 30 kmph, 40 kmph and 50 kmph over a single hump to obtain actual acceleration time domain data. The model is then correlated with actual test over a single hump. This is followed by running the vehicle on Class A, B & C road profiles to account for random vibrations. Similarly, a simulation is done on MATLAB Simulink and a correlation is established between simulated and actual…
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In-Vehicle Directional Audio Streaming

Aptiv Components India Pvt Ltd.-Anitha Loganathan, Vijayalakshmi kr
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-28-2448
Published 2019-11-21 by SAE International in United States
In-Vehicle Infotainment has evolved greatly over years from a simple tuner based radio with a small LED display to a complex system with highly intelligent interactive HMI which can mirror the smart phone. The full-fledged entertainment features like watching videos are restricted to only rear passengers. In drive mode, drivers are limited with access to only audio to avoid driver distraction. Rear passengers and drivers are classified into different audio zones. Each of the rear passengers are equipped with headsets so that audio merging with driver zone can be avoided. This leads to passenger discomfort, as many passengers would not prefer to hook up with headset all the time. Now the automotive world is envisioned to reach fully autonomous mode where there is no driver and every passenger is interested to listen to music/video of diverse interest. The audio zones in autonomous car need not be zonified or linear. Circular audio zone can also be a good choice for autonomous cars. There are situations in autonomous cars where passenger is asleep in vehicle and hence…
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Effect of variable payload on Vehicle dynamics of Passenger buses in Indian usage conditions

VE Commercial Vehicles, Ltd.-Abhoy Chandra, Abhishek Pyasi
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-28-2411
Published 2019-11-21 by SAE International in United States
A high impetus from Government on road infrastructure development, is giving a fillip to passenger CV space. This has resulted in making the passenger CV segment lucrative enough, thereby pulling in many operators in the business. The quality of road has immensely improved over a decade, as a result of which the average speed and hence the quantum of distance covered by passenger buses has increased significantly. People are preferring to travel in buses over trains, owing to at par ticket cost, high availability, reduced travel time and also improved level of comfort. Aligned to the market need and the trend, OEM's are offering buses with capable powertrains to cater the need of speed, reduced trip time as well as a lot of attention is also being paid to tune in the comfort level for long hauls. A big chunk of passenger travel is catered by the bus operators especially during major festivals in India. However, the passenger demand is not so consistent in this industry due to seasonality and hence is the operator earnings,…
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Effect of Tyre inflation Pressure on Rolling Resistance of Tyre

International Centre for Automotive Technology-Siddharth Tripathi, Amit Kumar Karwal, Mukund Mishra, Dushyant Wazir
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-28-2415
Published 2019-11-21 by SAE International in United States
Rolling resistance, is nothing but the rolling drag, is the force resisting the motion when a body rolls on a surface. It is mainly caused by non-elastic effects; that is,not all the energy needed for deformation of the wheel, roadbed, etc. It is recovered when the pressure is removed, in the form of hysteresis losses and permanent deformation of the tyre surface. So, the rolling resistance contributes to the deformation of roadbed as well as tyre surface of the vehicle. Factors contributing in rolling resistance are tyre inflation pressure, wheel diameter, speed, load on wheel,, surface adhesion, sliding, and relative micro-sliding between the surfaces of contact. In this concerned paper we are significantly working on effect of tyre inflation pressure on rolling resistance and taking all other factors constraint.
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Vehicle Interior cleanliness tracker

Aptiv Components India Pvt Ltd.-Vijayalakshmi kr, Anitha Loganathan
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-28-2466
Published 2019-11-21 by SAE International in United States
The future of mobility is being driven towards fully autonomous driving. As a result, people spend majority of the time in vehicles for chores other than driving. The focus of automotive makers shifts towards providing best-in-class passenger comfort. One of the least focused area in passenger comfort is vehicle interior cleanliness which requires periodic human intervention. An intelligent vehicle can outsmart a human by self-caring to maintain the cleanliness elements on floor, seat and roof. This paper addresses subjects like wetness, dirt and stains in the vehicle interior utilizing the capability of Interior sensing platform. An internally mounted camera in the vehicle can capture images of the interior and apply image processing techniques to identify the subjects mentioned above. The wetness on the floor mats can lead to moldy odor, corrosion, failure of the electronic components in the car. Over a period, the vehicle upholstery or seats absorb the dirt and stains and lead to foul smell. HVAC can be used for drying the interior as appropriately detected by the system. A modern system to…
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A Comparative study to assess the effect and cause of Ride Quality & Comfort of Passenger Vehicle with Subjective Correlation

Advanced Structures India-Rahul Ramola, Anuj Jha
Vellore Institute of Technology-Aniruddha Deouskar
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-28-2410
Published 2019-11-21 by SAE International in United States
Research Objective The importance of evaluating ride comfort with high degrees of accuracy objectively and its correlation with subjective perception is increasing day by day because of the long duration of the driving experience. The complex motion of the vehicle which is the combination of heave, roll and pitch motion is responsible for causing extreme uneasiness to the driver as well as the passenger. In this paper, ride comfort evaluation is done on the highway with similar traffic conditions with the help of Vibration Dose Value Analysis, Suspension Working Space and Ride Diagram methods for two hatchbacks and its correlation with the complex motion like choppiness of the vehicle is established that will help us to enhance the driver ride experience. Methodology The ride testing is performed for two hatchbacks on a highway road with different kinds of terrain ranging from highly uneven road roughness to moderately smooth surface for a speed range of 60-100 kmph. The road environment is chosen for testing in order to record and analyze the most practical vehicle response to…
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FOUR WAY ADJUSTABLE HEAD RESTRAINT SYSTEM

Academic Center-Nitin Kumar Waghmare
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-28-2528
Published 2019-11-21 by SAE International in United States
To reduce the incidence of whiplash-associated disorders caused by rear impacts, head restraints should be closer to the head which decreases the amount of relative motion and it is believed to reduce the risk of soft tissue neck injury. Drivers are raising complaints that the head restraint causes discomfort by interfering with their preferred head position, forcing them to select a more reclined seat back angle [1]. This paper is about the importance of head restraint system and how it can be improved by adjusting the angle between the head restraint and passenger`s head. It is essential to carry out research on head restraint that can be adjusted in forward and backward direction letting the cost of seats remain in budget.
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Polyurethane Foam Performances’ Influence on Body Pressure Distribution on an Automotive Seat

Changchun Faway Adient Automotive System Co., Ltd. Technical-Yanfei Wang, Li-Feng Xing, Yu-Qiang Huang
Published 2019-11-04 by SAE International in United States
From the microstructure point of view, the relationship of car seat comforts, including the static and dynamic comfort, and the polyurethane foam performance of its cushion has been analyzed. In this paper, polyurethane cushion performances associated with the seat static comfort have been mainly discussed. And their quantizing relation is obtained. How to apply the pressure gradient, one of body pressure distribution parameters, to optimize automobile seat comfort has been analyzed in detail. The findings suggest maximum and mean values of body pressures increase by 0.09 KPa and 0.04 KPa with the cushion foam hardness (Ph) increasing 1 KPa, respectively. The pressure gradient is little dependent on the cushion foam hardness within the range of Ph=4 ~ 5 KPa. Furthermore, the foam thickness under the hip should be greater 80 mm in order to reduce subcutaneous stresses under conditions of Ph= 6.2 KPa.
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Braking Control Strategy Based on Electronically Controlled Braking System and Intelligent Network Technology

China-Hongyu Zheng
Jilin University-Rui Li
Published 2019-11-04 by SAE International in United States
In order to solve the coupling problems between braking safety, economical efficiency of braking and the comfort of drivers, a braking control strategy based on Electronically Controlled Braking System (EBS) and intelligent network technology under non-emergency braking conditions is proposed. The controller utilizes the intelligent network technology’s characteristics of the workshop communication to obtain the driving environment information of the current vehicle firstly, and then calculate the optimal braking deceleration of the vehicle based on optimal control method. The strategy will distribute the braking force according to the ideal braking force distribution condition based on the EBS according to the braking deceleration; the braking force will be converted to braking pressure according to brake characteristics. Computer co-simulations of the proposed strategy are performed, the strategy is verified under different initial speeds. The results show that the strategy enables the vehicle to stop within a safe distance, keeps the brake deceleration as smooth as possible for better braking comfort while at the same time obtaining better braking economy by increasing braking efficiency under different initial speeds.
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