Samband mellan körstil och åkkomfort: förbättringspotentialen inom kollektivtrafiken. Lång version

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Karl Kottenhoff
Jerker Sundström

Ride comfort constitutes part of the total comfort experience of a journey. It is a result of the interaction between the characteristics of the infrastructure and those of the vehicle, and not least a result of the driver’s handling. Poor ride comfort generally leads to low attractiveness of the public transportation system, mainly due to travelers being less relaxed and even unable to use the traveling time for reading. The motions of the vehicle can cause some passengers to develop motion sickness and even tripping or fall accidents occur due to difficulty to keep balance. The project aims to improve the knowledge level for the relationship between drivers' driving style and ride comfort, including motion sickness. Comparisons of the ride comfort are made between bus and rail services and differences between drivers are also studied. A concrete goal is to provide basis for driver training and new support systems for drivers. Differences and similarities between "eco driving" and good ride comfort are briefly addressed.

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