Gender-sensitive multisensory rail vehicle

#Carl Ritter von Ghega Institute for Integrated Mobility Research #Interdisciplinary project #National third-party funding

The aim of the project is to develop a catalogue of requirements for a general increase in attractiveness of public transport with particular focus on gender-based design of rail vehicles. Based on analyzes of perception and preferences regarding environmental factors and comfort factors, as well as extensive surveys of passenger behavior and passenger needs and current problem areas, measures to optimize interior design for the benefit for all can be formulated.

It is the aim of transport policy to transfer a very high proportion of road transport to sustainable public transport. To generate sufficient demand for public transport, it is essential to increase its attractiveness in all areas. Increasing the attractiveness on the one hand leads to a strong use of the system, while also to all those who are already users of public transport it leads to significant increases in comfort and thus in sustainable satisfaction.

In public transport, particularly in rail, there are a number of factors that have influence on the comfort for the passengers, for example acoustics, visuals or odour in the vehicle. Otherwise requirements while sitting or standing in the vehicle, separation from other travelers, sense of security, temperature sensitivity and many more. One of the most important factor is the stay in the vehicle. Therefore the aim must be to develop vehicles where as many passengers as possible feel comfortable.

With regard to the above factors, there are particular gender differences that are manifested mainly in different perceptions between women and men. In order to develop vehicles that provide a noticeable gain in comfort for all travelers the differentiated perception must be addressed. In applied scenarios the gender differences are translated so that both sexes can be optimally addressed. The comfort criteria, the expectations and the current problem areas from the gender perspective are deeply analyzed. Based on that measures will be developed on the different requirements from the perspective of women's and men's needs. The aim of the project is to develop a clear defined set of requirements for future vehicles which promise a gain in comfort for women and men.