The automotive industry is the largest in the world and its products are among those that influence people's lives the most. The man-machine interface of a vehicle is among the primary - perhaps the primary - factors determining the product's success. Below you find just a few examples representing a vast potential for improvement of customer value in automotive design.
With the ageing population, ingress/egress becomes an increasingly important topic. This egress model demonstrates how the position of an assistive handle on the window frame influences the knee joint forces as well as the muscular effort of egress. For an elderly individual with arthritic knees, this can be of tremendous importance to the usability of the vehicle.
The idea behind the study is that placement of a handle on the window frame might allow car drivers to divide the load of egress between the legs and the arms, thus reducing the maximum load on any of the elements. In such a situation, the AnyBody Modeling System automatically recruits muscles such that the effort is distributed between the body parts and indeed between the individual muscles to share the load between the elements according to their individual strengths.