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Factors to Look into for Designing Interiors of Long-Distance Pilgrimage Buses in India: A Survey-Based Study

Publication Type : Conference Paper

Publisher : Springer

Source : Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies

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Keywords : Bus Interior Design, Seat Design, Long-Distance Travel Fatigue, Passenger Comfort

Campus : Amritapuri

School : School of Engineering

Department : Mechanical Engineering

Year : 2021

Abstract : There are not many differences in buses used for long journeys for pilgrimage purposes, with a common deluxe bus as regards to interiors. Passengers of different attitudes and comfort perceptions do differ. On inquiry to pilgrims and tour organizers in a preliminary investigation, it was noticed that sufficient attention is required to be given while designing the interiors of such public carriers but not much attention is paid so far, and no specific study was also carried out, and normal buses with need-based modifications are being used. This may be due to the lack of in-depth knowledge about vehicle design, vehicle ergonomics, etc. and the lack of sufficient financial strength of these body building companies to employ knowledgeable persons. This study aims at understanding the critical factors affecting passenger physical comfort as concerned with interior aspects of buses for long journeys. The scope of the study is limited only to the buses operating under pilgrimage activities. The survey was done to find out those factors, and the samples were taken from Vrindavan, Dwaraka and Somanatham. The pilgrims were selected based on purposive and random sampling as the target respondents were mostly senior citizens for whom the concept of comfort and fatigue is pronounced. Questionnaires and meeting observations were used to have their views on physical comfort, accessories and other facilities, seating considerations, the place for movements, etc. The study finds certain issues that appear to be vital for designing long-distance pilgrimage purpose buses.

Cite this Research Publication : Chinmaya Krishnan, G., Chakrabarti, D. (2021). Factors to Look into for Designing Interiors of Long-Distance Pilgrimage Buses in India: A Survey-Based Study. In: Chakrabarti, A., Poovaiah, R., Bokil, P., Kant, V. (eds) Design for Tomorrow—Volume 1. ICoRD 2021. Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies, vol 221. Springer, Singapore.

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