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Considering Driver Balance Capability in Truck Shifter Design
SAE Technical Paper Series
A person's ability to perform a task is often limited by their ability to maintain balance. This is particularly true in lateral work performed in seated environments. For a truck driver operating the shift lever of a manual transmission, excessive shift forces can necessitate pulling on the steering wheel with the other hand to maintain balance, creating a potentially unsafe condition. An analysis of posture and balance in truck shifter operation was conducted using balance limits to definedoi:10.4271/2006-01-2360 fatcat:4rsfgymxzjezxfwtzimp7ztsee