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Vol. 9 (2022)

Parametric Modelling of Pedal Pressing Activities During Road Traffic Delay

January 26, 2022


Abstract: Traffic congestion in big cities in Malaysia has become a common scenario among the communities. The journey between homes to working place twice a day at considerable distances is no longer a strange situation. Being in traffic for hours in a sitting position requires recurrent tasks of manual pressing the pedal and brake excessively and if they are done without the correct sitting posture, it may trigger fatigue faster, particularly for the leg and back of the driver. In the long term, it will negatively affect the health of the driver, particularly in the form of physical, psychological, and emotional. Therefore, this paper is trying to investigate the recurrent brake pedal pressings as well as the leg postures while driving in traffic jam. The research is started with the experimental setup and data acquisition on brake pedal pressing as well as leg posture followed by the modelling and analysis of the obtained data using particle swarm optimization (PSO) modelling technique. The validation step was then executed to verify the model derived using open loop and closed loop performance analysis. The results show that the pedal pressing force of leg posture can be closely represented using 2ndorder transfer function and mimics the actual pedal pressing pattern during road traffic delay.


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