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Sustainability 2016, 8(9), 852; doi:10.3390/su8090852

Perception of Cabin Air Quality among Drivers and Passengers

Teacher Training Department, Politehnica University Timisoara, Piata Victoriei nr 2, Timisoara 300003, Romania
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Academic Editors: Daniel A. Vallero and Marc Rosen
Received: 28 May 2016 / Revised: 22 August 2016 / Accepted: 23 August 2016 / Published: 29 August 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Air Pollution Monitoring and Sustainable Development)
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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 CO2 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 CO2 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 CO2 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. View Full-Text
Keywords: cabin; air quality; carbon dioxide measurements; safe driving cabin; air quality; carbon dioxide measurements; safe driving
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Constantin, D.; Mazilescu, C.-A.; Nagi, M.; Draghici, A.; Mihartescu, A.-A. Perception of Cabin Air Quality among Drivers and Passengers. Sustainability 2016, 8, 852.

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