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Interior Design Adequacy of Truck Sleeper Cabins in Brazil as to the Use as Temporary Dwelling

  • Ana Paula Scabello Mello
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 824)

Abstract

This research aimed to identify and present relevant aspects regarding the use of truck sleeper cabins in Brazil as temporary dwellings, based on user perception, on observation of the researcher and on experts’ evaluation. Data collection included 25 semi-structured interviews with truck drivers and direct observation and image record of their cabins in use. The sample was randomly selected in relation to truck brands and models, at roads and ports in the states of São Paulo and Pernambuco, including vehicles from the Southeast, South, Northeast and Midwest regions. Interviews were also conducted with six experts from truck manufacturing companies and two professionals from cabin customization companies. The results suggest that trips with many overnight stays, typical of Brazilian use, generate needs not always met by the original designs of the cabins, so there are many adaptations made by users in order to sleep more comfortably, store objects, cook and eat, travel with their families, just to mention some. The high incidence of robberies generates demands for solutions to meet basic feeding and hygiene needs inside the cabins, as well as anti-theft devices. It is concluded that Brazilian users desire higher cabins, larger beds, night air conditioning, onboard refrigerators, suitable electrical installations, solutions to accommodate and transport family members safely. Thus, there is potential for a greater offer of customization by the manufacturers, in order to achieve better adaptation as to the use observed in Brazil.

Keywords

Trucks Sleeper cabins User-centered design 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universidade de São PauloSão PauloBrazil

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