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Perception of Cabin Air Quality among Drivers and Passengers

Doru Constantin (), Crisanta-Alina Mazilescu (), Mihai Nagi (), Draghici Anca () and Ana-Andreea Mihartescu ()
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Doru Constantin: Teacher Training Department, Politehnica University Timisoara, Piata Victoriei nr 2, Timisoara 300003, Romania
Crisanta-Alina Mazilescu: Teacher Training Department, Politehnica University Timisoara, Piata Victoriei nr 2, Timisoara 300003, Romania
Mihai Nagi: Teacher Training Department, Politehnica University Timisoara, Piata Victoriei nr 2, Timisoara 300003, Romania
Ana-Andreea Mihartescu: Teacher Training Department, Politehnica University Timisoara, Piata Victoriei nr 2, Timisoara 300003, Romania

Sustainability, 2016, vol. 8, issue 9, 1-14

Abstract: Air analysis inside vehicles is a problem that can be interpreted from several perspectives. This research is oriented towards the perception of air quality within a car, regarding a situation of cars in stationary traffic. Carbon dioxide measurements were made using a Trotec Data Logger Air Quality CO 2 BZ30 machine inside different standing vehicles with up to five occupants, with and without circulating air. The perception of the air quality was measured on a Likert-type scale with seven levels on a sample group of 60 students. The results highlight, on the one hand, the conditions under which the CO 2 in the cabin air can reach concentrations which are, according to new data, considered to influence the cognitive capacity of occupants in the car, and on the other hand, they present a global assessment of the air quality in the vehicle when critical values of CO 2 have been reached. If the air exchange rates inside a car are low, this degrades the air quality in such a way that it affects the concentration and reactions necessary for safe driving without perceiving any discomfort that would put the drivers or the passengers on alert.

Keywords: cabin; air quality; carbon dioxide measurements; safe driving (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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