Driving simulator for training and research
Carnetsoft provides low-cost professional driving simulators for driver training and research that are used for driver education, in driving schools and research institutes and universities. The cost of a complete system is only a fraction of comparable other simulator systems. For more information, see also www.rijschool-simulator.nl
A driving simulator is used by a number of different users for different applications. Since simulators have a history in training, for example for flying, and in military training applications, the first thing that comes to mind is initial driver training in driving schools.
Other driving training applications are:
- Simulators for police training. Police training on public roads is often difficult because of regulations concerning the use of optical and sound signals (siren and flash light). Simulators can be very useful to practice driving with police siren. Other drivers often respond unexpectedly when a police car approaches fast and with sound signals and it helps if this can be practiced in a simulator.
- Simulators for emergency services. This is simular to the police training simulations: ambulance and fire engine drivers can also practice in a simulator in the use of optical and sound signals.
- Training of hazard perception. Inexperienced drivers may benefit from more practice in hazard recognition. A simulator can be programmed to offer special training scenarios of unexpected situations that don't occur often in the real world.
Apart from driver training, other driving simulator applications are:
- Research driving simulators. Research simulators are used at research institutes, universities and in the car industry for scientific research and testing. These simulators are used for human factors studies (man-machine interactions, interactions with in-vehicle system, effects on driver workload, etc.), studies on the effects of infrastructure on behaviour, to study the effect of alcohol and drugs on driver behaviour etc.
- Distracted driver simulation. The last couple of years it has become clear that driver distractions, especially because of texting and use of smart phone while driving, is an important factor in accidents in especially young drivers. A simulator can demonstrate in a very convincing way how this affects driver safety by letting young drivers experience it.
- Impaired driving or driving under the influence (DUI). DUI is still one of the most important causes of traffic fatalities. Impaired driving simulations can help to increase awareness of the dangers of drunk driving. Young drivers have an above average accident risk because of impaired driving (DUI).
- Eco Drive simulations. Changing your driving style can help reduce fuel consumption. This can be trained in a simulator and the effects on fuel consumption can be demonstrated in a convincing way to drivers.
- Treatment of fear of driving or driving phobia. Fear of driving can strongly affect the lives of those who suffer from this. Fear of driving can be treated effectively in a driving simulator. VR systems and simulators are increasingly being used to treat driving phobia.
- Evaluation of fitness to drive. For elderly drivers and people who have medical conditions that require an evaluation of fitness to drive, simulators can help to establish their driving skills in a much more valid way that the traditional testing methods.
- Rehabilitation training. People who need occupational therapy or rehabilitation training can practice various driving tasks in a simulator in a safe environment.