Towards comfortable communication in future vehicles

Silvana Piro, Iolanda Fiorillo, Shabila Anjani, Maxim Smulders, Alessandro Naddeo, Peter Vink

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This research aims to study the effect of seat and/or backrest rotation on comfort and quality of conversation. Different sitting arrangements were tested to study the effect of the seat layout on: 1) (dis)comfort experience; 2) conversation quality and 3) postures. Two seats were arranged in different angles (0° 45° 90° and 180°) at the same distance (1 m) and participants were asked to talk to each other. The participants’ postures were acquired by using cameras and markers on the participants’ body. Questionnaires were used to rate the perceived (dis)comfort and quality of conversation. Results show that 90° configuration scored the best both in overall comfort and quality of conversation; while the 0° configuration scored the lowest in both ratings. A strong correlation was established between high comfort and good quality of conversation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210-216
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Ergonomics
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Comfort
  • Communication
  • Quality of conversation
  • Sitting arrangement

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