Ergonomic Design of a Driver Training Simulator for Rural India

Ergonomic Design of a Driver Training Simulator for Rural India

Prabir Mukhopadhyay (Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing Jabalpur, India) and Vipul Vinzuda (National Institute of Design Gandhinagar, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7368-5.ch023

Abstract

Simulator training forms an integral part of driver training in rural India. As the majority of the simulators are imported from the Western world, they do not mimic the actual road conditions of rural India. This often leads to mismatches in the would-be drivers' perceptions of the Indian traffic and creates problems later on in their career, which is manifested in the form of increased driver errors and at times fatal road accidents. This research looked in the user interface of such simulators and usability perspective and came up with two concepts for these drivers that closely resemble the Indian rural traffic scenario.
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Background

Around 65% of the total population in India lives in the rural areas. Growth and prosperity of the country is largely dependent on these areas, with employment for the local youth becoming a challenge (Mukhopadhyay, 2006). It has been reported that (World Bank, 2000) 74% of the rural population in India are still not integrated into the national economy due to lack of proper transportation facilities. Thus better transportation in rural India is a necessity as it gives the rural people an opportunity to travel for different purposes like health, education, social purposes and services (Ramaswamy, 1998). Thus focusing on rural local youths as taxi drivers.

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