How could anyone create a high end vehicle without concidering vehicle ergonomics?
Vehicle ergonomic properties constitutes an important part to your comfort while you're using your vehicle,
proper ergonomics is essential for both luxury and sporting vehicles.
Ergonomics is the science whereby your surroundings is designed to suit you instead of just
designing something and then you have to adapt to it. That being said, vehicle ergonomics is not a specific
feature but the task of studying the human body and arranging the interface of the features so they
accommodate you best.
An example would be a person sitting in a car since we can't stand in the average vehicle, a
study would be carried out on the best or safest sitting posture to avoid short and long term injury
especially your back neck and shoulders and the car seat would be designed and installed for you to
keep that posture as much as possible.
Everything else you have to access in the vehicle as much as
possible should be positioned where you shouldn't have to move out of your comfort zone to reach
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Bad posture doesn't affect you immediately but sometimes years afterwards as the bad posture is
continued in everyday life.
Luxury and sport will have to adopt a different approach in ensuring your comfort and safety
ergonomically. Luxury vehicles with a generally smooth ride will have more flexibility in their seats,
their seats need to provide the perfect posture. Sporting vehicles with their harder ride, rapid
acceleration and braking, tight corners at high speeds need
seats to hold you in place, to hug you as your body can be subjected to alot of movement whether you're
the driver or a passenger.
The lack of ergonomics not just in vehicles but generally have contributed to numerous health
problems over a period of time.
One challenging aspect of vehicle ergonomics is the amount of variations in the shape and size of
different human beings. Some aspects of vehicle ergonomics can't be a one size fits all so some consideration
must be made to adequately facilitate persons of varying shapes, sizes and weight.