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The effect of an active steering system on city bus drivers’ muscle activity
Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, Traffic and road users, Human Factors in the Transport System.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4134-0303
Volvo Bus Corporation.
Volvo Bus Corporation.
Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, Traffic and road users, Human Factors in the Transport System.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4140-3490
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2018 (English)In: International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics, ISSN 1080-3548, E-ISSN 2376-9130, p. 1-9Article in journal (Refereed) In press
Abstract [en]

City bus drivers spend hours driving under time pressure, in congested traffic and in a monotonous sitting position. This leads to unhealthy working conditions, especially in terms of physical and psychological stress. The aim of this study is to investigate whether an active steering system can alleviate the musculoskeletal stress involved in manoeuvring a bus. Twenty bus drivers drove a city bus equipped with the Volvo dynamic steering (VDS) support system in real traffic. Steering effort was evaluated with electromyography and with a questionnaire. Compared to baseline, VDS significantly reduced the required muscle activity by on average 15–25% while turning, and up to 68% in the part of the manoeuvre requiring maximum effort. The bus drivers believed that VDS will help reduce neck and shoulder problems, and they expressed a desire to have VDS installed in their own bus.

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Taylor and Francis Ltd. , 2018. p. 1-9
Keywords [en]
Working conditions, Bus, Driver, Driver assistance system, Steering (process), Muscle, Work study
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Transport Systems and Logistics
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90 Road: Vehicles and vehicle technology, 91 Road: Vehicle design and construction; 80 Road: Traffic safety and accidents, 84 Road: Road users
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URN: urn:nbn:se:vti:diva-13522DOI: 10.1080/10803548.2018.1445465Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85044480154OAI: oai:DiVA.org:vti-13522DiVA, id: diva2:1284164
Available from: 2019-01-31 Created: 2019-01-31 Last updated: 2019-03-15Bibliographically approved

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Ahlström, ChristerDukic Willstrand, TaniaAnund, Anna

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