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, Volume 114, Issue 6, pp 16–20 | Cite as

How users perceive the climate comfort of vehicle seats

  • Maria Rosaria Morena
  • Robert Krah
  • Bernhard Kurz
Development Climatisation

Using a portable, thermo-hygrographic measuring system which can record microclimatic conditions over certain areas, Munich University of Applied Sciences intends to simplify the development of vehicle seats. The system allows two and three-dimensional temperature and humidity distributions to be measured over time.


A study conducted by the German Federal Statistical Office shows that 67 % of all occupational commuters cannot do without their passenger cars [1]. Also, the Federal Republic of Germany is one of the leading countries in the export business. This causes lively transport traffic which will go on increasing in the future, too. Thus, in particular commuters and occupational motorists will be spending more and more time in their vehicles.

In view of the considerable increase in the demands made on drivers with regard to the safe driving of their vehicles, the best possible working conditions must be available to them. Besides vehicle steering providing good...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Rosaria Morena
    • 1
  • Robert Krah
    • 2
  • Bernhard Kurz
    • 1
  1. 1.Munich University of Applied SciencesMunichGermany
  2. 2.Krah & Grote MesstechnikOtterfingGermany

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