ACAR, B.S., WEEKES, A. and VAN LOPIK, D., 2009. 'Expecting': occupant model incorporating anthropometric details of pregnant women. International Journal of Vehicle Design, 51 (3-4), pp. 374 - 385.
This study reports the research for a design tool related to pregnant
women’s safety during car travel. Anthropometric measurements are taken to
generate an occupant model incorporating pregnancy related changes. These
anthropometric changes mean that a pregnant occupant may be excluded by the
designs, based upon non-pregnant female anthropometry. The paper explains
the generation of a comprehensive parametric computer aided model of a
pregnant occupant, ‘Expecting’. The model can represent different size
pregnant occupants as well as the size differences occurring in standing and
seated postures. This model can be used as a design tool for automotive
designers to help ensure that vehicle designs can accommodate the
anthropometric needs of pregnant occupants.