Considering driver balance capability in truck shifter design

Matthew B. Parkinson, Matthew P. Reed

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A person's ability to perform a task is often limited by their ability to maintain balance. This is particularly true in lateral work performed in seated environments. For a truck driver operating the shift lever of a manual transmission, excessive shift forces can necessitate pulling on the steering wheel with the other hand to maintain balance, creating a potentially unsafe condition. An analysis of posture and balance in truck shifter operation was conducted using balance limits to define the acceptable range of shifter locations. The results are dependent on initial driver position, reach postures, and shoulder strength. The effects of shifter force direction and magnitude were explored to demonstrate the application of the analysis method. This methodology can readily be applied to other problems involving hand-force exertions in seated environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
EventDigital Human Modeling for Design and Engineering Conference - Lyon, France
Duration: Jul 4 2006Jul 6 2006


OtherDigital Human Modeling for Design and Engineering Conference

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Pollution
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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