What makes our municipal bus simulator different from any other is that it was designed by transit agency experts to meet their unique training needs. Things like a true 315Ί field of vision, driver cab replication and motion seats allow students to feel when they hit a curb, turn too fast or brake too hard. They learn which knobs to turn and toggles to press, and know it will be the same in the real bus. Every aspect of our bus simulator is designed for the most true-to-life experience possible. This real-life approach to simulator development results in an effective and efficient training process with a host of benefits to both the trainer and trainee.
- Students learn how to set and manage use of real mirrors
- Initial maneuvers can be introduced and perfected on the simulator before heading into real traffic on an actual bus
- Instructors do not have to rescue students from danger, so mistakes can progress to their natural end (so a collision driving the simulator turns into a re-playable learning experience)
- Simulator training offers students multiple chances of success at completing training elements, such as turns, and the ability to practice as much as they want.
- Efficient use of training time, as conditions and situations can be created a few keystrokes
- Full power train (engine, transmission, axle ratio)
- Accurate vehicle brakes
- A suspension system that includes shock absorbers, springs and tire effects
- Faithful replication of steering wheel feel and tendencies
- Functional cab compartment controls
- Models previously constructed include:
- 29 diesel bus
- 35 diesel bus
- 40 diesel and/or CNG bus
- 40 hybrid (diesel/electric)
- 60 articulated bus
- School bus
- Accurate reproduction of cab dashboard components for lifelike training environment, including controls for
- air and interlock brakes
- engine overrule
- fire suppression
- master switch
- FAACs proprietary SmartNode software creates realistic seat bounce and vibration from elements such as acceleration and braking, turning and curb strikes
Real-Time Computer System
FAAC's proprietary software system enables the student to respond to the environment and maneuvers, such as speed, road friction, wind, visibility, and driver inputs.
- Controls out-the-window visual scenes and vehicle sounds as they relate to driving and student performance
- Provides signals to the student vehicle dashboard instruments
- Senses and responds to student inputs, such as hard braking and oversteering
- Provides realistic interaction between other driving stations networked to participate in the same training scenario
FAAC sets the standard for the visual driving environment with the most sophisticated virtual reality training products in the industry.
- A combination of front, side, and rear screens can provide up to 315° horizontal field-of-view of crisp, clear virtual training worlds our vertical field of view is the broadest in the industry
- State-of-the-art flat screen monitors enable FAAC to install physical interior and exterior rear view mirrors that are vital to driver training
Instructor Operator Station
This vital component provides a direct, real-time link between instructor and the student(s) during training sessions.
- Enables the instructor to manage one of several student driving sessions simultaneously
- Controls traffic, weather, equipment malfunctions, daylight, lesson storage and objective scoring on up to 15 different driving variables
- Provides a location for instructor-student interaction tools, such as a desktop instructor driving console and pedestrian joystick control
Our system generates appropriate vehicle motor and other operational sounds of a municipal bus.
- Doppler effect sound configuration conveys the presence and location of passing vehicles, stationary obstructions, sirens, etc.
- Radio (intercom) system can be integrated into the driving
station to support appropriate dispatcher/radio communications
activity, as well as training for the student driver through interaction
with the instructor.