Carnetsoft car driving simulator for training and research
This is a complete car driving simulator system for initial driver education and safety awareness training. In addition, there are software modules for behavioural research at Universities and for the evaluation of driver fitness in clinics. Also, there are simulations to let young drivers experience the effects of distraction and of alcohol on driver behaviour
- 15 databases (highway, roundabouts, urban environment, rural environment, motorways, etc).
- More than 40 individual lessons that cover all basics of learning to drive a car safely: vehicle control, traffic participation and adverse weather and lighting conditions.
- Vehicle control lessons consist of reverse parking, reversing around a corner, gear changing, steering techniques, lane changing, passing and overtaking, use of indicator etc.
- Traffic participation lessons consist of scanning techniques while approaching intersections and when changing lanes, roundabouts, motorways and highways, city driving, right of way rules etc. Visual scanning is one of the most importamt parts of safe car dricing that is trained consistently in this simulator. A TrackIR headtracking system monitors where the driver is looking at.
- Both left-hand drive and right-hand drive available
- Rules of the road and road signs for various countries, for example, the UK, India, South Africa, Ireland, Australia, The Netherlands, etc.
- Suitable and very affordable for drivers ed in highschools in the USA and Canada.
- A desktop system that consists of 4 monitors for the user interface and for surround vision, that enables the student to look to left and right into streets for traffic.
For driving schools and driver education in secondary schools.
A desktop driver training simulator fits on a 2.0 x 1,0 meter table, and includes a computer, 4 monitors, control unit, TrackIR5 (for head tracking to evaluate scanning), soundsystem, driver training software, safety awareness training software and runtime simulation software.
Characteristics of the Carnetsoft car driving simulator
Complete driver training software in a driving simulator
Instruction, feedback and assessment of visual scanning behaviour, traffic participation and vehicle control:
For a number of different users
Advanced research driving simulator software
Complete software suite for behavioural and human factors research:
Driving simulator applications
Driving simulators are used for many different purposes. The first thing that comes to mind is driver training. Most simulators are used for initial driver training in driving schools. Other driving training applications are:
- simulators for police training. Police training on public roads is often cumbersome and dangerous because of regulations concerning the use of optical and sound signals (siren and flash light). Simulators can be very useful then because they allow policemen to practice driving with police siren. Police drivers are involved in traffic accidents because of insufficient training. Other drivers often respond unexpectedly when a policecar approaches fast and with sound signals and these things are mostly different to practice in the real world.
- simulators for emergency services. Ambulance and fire engine drivers can also practice in a simulator while driving with optical and sound signals. A simulator offers excellent opportunities to practice driving in traffic and apply the rules for ‘priority vehicles’, while learning how to cope with other traffic.
- training of hazard perception. Inexperienced drivers are often deficient in their recognition of hazards. A simulator can 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. Recently 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 practiced in a driving 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.