Driving Simulator Lab

The world-class simulator includes the most advanced scenarios, driver behavior monitoring equipment and vehicle dynamics available. Simulation is a powerful tool for analyzing, designing, and operating complex systems. It enables us to test hypotheses without having to carry them out, saving both lives and money.

Driving Simulator - inside the car, projection ahead
Driving Simulator - side of the car, mirrors visible
Driving Simulator - outside of the car, projectors off

Real Time Technologies Full Scale Driving Simulator

The driving simulator can be used for a wide range of research topics to evaluate the psychology and design of driving. The full cab simulator is outfitted with a high resolution, five segmented screens to simulate real-life driving scenarios. Furthermore, a retractable rear projection screen will enable use of rear-view mirror. The proposed system will be based on JavaScript and will allow users to create different dynamic models. It can easily be programmed by graduate or undergraduate students without specialized training.

Using this system, researchers will be able to capture every aspect of the car and driver experience. The resulting data can be used to inform design, psychology, engineering safety, new technology, drugged and impaired driving as well as a whole host of other research possibilities.

RTI Simulator System Diagram

RTI Simulator System Diagram

RTI Desktop Driving Simulator

The Desktop Driving Simulator is powered by SimVehicle, the same SimCreator product that Realtime Technologies (RTI) delivers in its high-end research and training simulators. SimVehicle is a high-fidelity multi-body, real-time vehicle dynamics model. SimVehicle provides accurate vehicle responses to the driving environment. The simulator operates at a 60 Hz update rate and supplies fantastic, high-quality graphics and audio cues.

MSC Virtual Test Drive Software

MSC Virtual Test Drive Software

Virtual Test Drive is a toolkit for the creation, configuration, presentation and evaluation of virtual environments in the scope of road and rail based simulations. It is used for the development of ADAS and automated driving systems as well as the core for training simulators. It covers the full range from the generation of 3d content to the simulation of complex traffic scenarios and, finally, to the simulation of either simplified or physically driven sensors. It is used in SiL, DiL, ViL and HiL applications and may also be operated as co-simulations including 3rd party or custom packages. By its open and modular design it can easily be interfaced and integrated.

Virtual Reality Systems

HTC Vive

HTC Vive

Immersive, room-scale virtual reality experience, that includes video, audio, and precise motion tracking. Featuring a 110° field of view and 32 sensors for precise tracking as well as 2160 x 1200 resolution and 90 Hz refresh rate which delivers detailed graphics and motion for realistic movement. Room-scale motion tracking is enabled by the included base stations that sync wirelessly, avoiding the need for additional cords.

Oculus Rift & Touch

Oculus Rift and Touch

A virtual reality system unparalleled graphic fidelity to bring high-end VR experiences to PCs across a spectrum of configurations.

For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact:

Tara Simler
Program Coordinator, CTSRC
(860) 486-1857