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Findings from subjective evaluations and driver ratings of vehicle dynamics: steering and handling
Volvo Cars.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6699-1965
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering, Vehicle Dynamics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2265-9004
Volvo Cars.
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering, Vehicle Dynamics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8928-0368
2015 (English)In: Vehicle System Dynamics, ISSN 0042-3114, E-ISSN 1744-5159, Vol. 53, no 10, 1416-1438 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper investigates subjective assessments (SA) of vehicle handling and steering feel tests, both numerical and verbal, to understand drivers’ use of judgement scales, rating tendencies and spread. Two different test methods are compared: a short multi-vehicle first-impression test with predefined-driving vs the standard extensive single-vehicle free-driving tests, both offering very similar results but with the former saving substantial testing time. Rating repeatability is evaluated by means of a blind test. Key SA questions are identified by numerical subjective assessment autocorrelations and by generating word clouds from the most used terms in verbal assessments, with both methods leading to similar key parameters. The results exposed in this paper enable better understanding of SA, allowing improving the overall subjective testing and evaluation process, and improving the data collection and analysis process needed before identifying correlations between SA and objective metrics.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2015. Vol. 53, no 10, 1416-1438 p.
Keyword [en]
steering feel, vehicle handling, driver preference, subjective assessments, regression analysis
National Category
Vehicle Engineering
Research subject
Vehicle and Maritime Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-169082DOI: 10.1080/00423114.2015.1050402ISI: 000375451500003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84940607901OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-169082DiVA: diva2:819651
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iCOMSA
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VINNOVA, 2012-04609
Note

QC 20170314

Available from: 2015-06-11 Created: 2015-06-11 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved
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1. Towards Efficient Vehicle Dynamics Evaluation using Correlations of Objective Metrics and Subjective Assessments
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Towards Efficient Vehicle Dynamics Evaluation using Correlations of Objective Metrics and Subjective Assessments
2015 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2015. xiv, 64 p.
Series
TRITA-AVE, ISSN 1651-7660 ; 2015:28
National Category
Vehicle Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-169085 (URN)
Presentation
2015-06-12, Vehicle Engineering Lab, Teknikringen 8, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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QC 20150611

Available from: 2015-06-11 Created: 2015-06-11 Last updated: 2015-06-11Bibliographically approved
2. Towards efficient vehicle dynamics development: From subjective assessments to objective metrics, from physical to virtual testing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Towards efficient vehicle dynamics development: From subjective assessments to objective metrics, from physical to virtual testing
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Vehicle dynamics development is strongly based on subjective assessments (SA) of vehicle prototypes, which is expensive and time consuming. Consequently, in the age of computer- aided engineering (CAE), there is a drive towards reducing this dependency on physical test- ing. However, computers are known for their remarkable processing capacity, not for their feelings. Therefore, before SA can be computed, it is required to properly understand the cor- relation between SA and objective metrics (OM), which can be calculated by simulations, and to understand how this knowledge can enable a more efficient and effective development process.

The approach to this research was firstly to identify key OM and SA in vehicle dynamics, based on the multicollinearity of OM and of SA, and on interviews with expert drivers. Sec- ondly, linear regressions and artificial neural network (ANN) were used to identify the ranges of preferred OM that lead to good SA-ratings. This result is the base for objective require- ments, a must in effective vehicle dynamics development and verification.

The main result of this doctoral thesis is the development of a method capable of predicting SA from combinations of key OM. Firstly, this method generates a classification map of ve- hicles solely based on their OM, which allows for a qualitative prediction of the steering feel of a new vehicle based on its position, and that of its neighbours, in the map. This prediction is enhanced with descriptive word-clouds, which summarizes in a few words the comments of expert test drivers to each vehicle in the map. Then, a second superimposed ANN displays the evolution of SA-ratings in the map, and therefore, allows one to forecast the SA-rating for the new vehicle. Moreover, this method has been used to analyse the effect of the tolerances of OM requirements, as well as to verify the previously identified preferred range of OM.

This thesis focused on OM-SA correlations in summer conditions, but it also aimed to in- crease the effectiveness of vehicle dynamics development in general. For winter conditions, where objective testing is not yet mature, this research initiates the definition and identifica- tion of robust objective manoeuvres and OM. Experimental data were used together with CAE optimisations and ANOVA-analysis to optimise the manoeuvres, which were verified in a second experiment. To improve the quality and efficiency of SA, Volvo’s Moving Base Driving Simulator (MBDS) was validated for vehicle dynamics SA-ratings. Furthermore, a tablet-app to aid vehicle dynamics SA was developed and validated.

Combined this research encompasses a comprehensive method for a more effective and ob- jective development process for vehicle dynamics. This has been done by increasing the un- derstanding of OM, SA and their relations, which enables more effective SA (key SA, MBDS, SA-app), facilitates objective requirements and therefore CAE development, identi- fies key OM and their preferred ranges, and which allow to predict SA solely based on OM. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Kungliga tekniska högskolan, 2017. 72 p.
Series
TRITA-AVE, ISSN 1651-7660 ; 2017:12
Keyword
Steering feel, vehicle handling, driver preference, objective metrics, subjective assessments, regression analysis, artificial neural network
National Category
Vehicle Engineering
Research subject
Vehicle and Maritime Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-202348 (URN)978-91-7729-302-6 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-03-17, D3, Lindstedsvägen 5, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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iCOMSA
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VINNOVA, 2012-04609
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QC 20170223

Available from: 2017-02-23 Created: 2017-02-21 Last updated: 2017-02-23Bibliographically approved

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