Realtime Technologies
Road Safety Simulation Research

Road safety research saves lives

Erratic drivers, roadway congestion, bicyclists, unpredictable pedestrians, a deer leaping out of the fog and into traffic are just some of the many casualties that can occur on the road. More than 4 million Americans are killed or injured each year in roadway mishaps.  In order to understand how drivers react in the heat of the moment, researchers need tools to safely and reproducible put drivers in those serious and often deadly situations.

Road Safety Simulation with SimCore and SimCreator

Realtime Technologies partners with researchers to create complete SimCore hardware/software vehicle dynamics modeling solutions.  These range from our standard RDS-500 vehicle simulator (designed and built for cost-conscious researchers using off-the-shelf components) to custom mock-up vehicles accurately emulating current or future production vehicles or concepts.

All of the software elements of your road safety simulation solution are controlled through SimCreator, our real-time simulation, and modeling system.  Through its graphical interface, you can easily configure and coordinate the vehicles, dynamics, environments, monitoring, and driver feedback in your simulation even tweaking the simulation as it runs, adding or removing obstacles, adverse weather, and lighting conditions, changing traffic behavior, or manually controlling pedestrians and other vehicles.

Simulation scenarios and environments themselves are crafted in SimVista, a tile-based scene and scenario authoring system. The SimVista GUI allows you to drag and drop objects into your virtual world and bring them to life by scripting their behaviors.

ExACCT, allows you to define built-in critical events (called “maneuvers“; examples include ambient traffic, ambient pedestrians, animals, freeway, parked car, and bicyclists). The ability to include standard and custom maneuvers in any scenario adds to the realism and tests the driver’s ability to react in serious situations.

Going Beyond Basic Road Safety and Traffic Simulation

Depending on your research needs and simulation requirements, SimCreator can be supplemented with:

  • SimObserver a video capture system that can include driver eye tracking
  • SimDriver an autonomous interaction simulation software
  • OverTilt motion controls: immersive sensory feedback, emulating road, vehicle, and driving conditions

SimCreator’s modular, scalable software smoothly integrate with other software packages and can be scaled and modified over time as your research expands or changes direction.  Up to 10 driving research simulators can be simultaneously networked using SimConnect, creating a rich, naturalistic environment in which many human drivers are interacting with the same scenario.

 

Road Safety Simulation Customer-for-Life

We invest time in understanding your research needs, and policies up front, then work closely with your team to develop and deliver the appropriate road safety research solution.  We’ll help you find the best way to integrate this custom solution into your procedures, and support you in maintaining and evolving this solution as your work inevitably changes over time.

We don’t sell equipment; we partner with researchers and institutions to develop their ideal tool for automotive safety research.

Related Simuator: On-Road Driving Simulator

Realtime Technologies’ (RTI) on-road simulator is a turn-key driving simulation platform that can be applied to research, training, or automotive product development programs. Our modular, scalable system design means you can build from your original simulator design, adding components and avoiding the need to replace your entire simulator as your fidelity requirements increase.

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The realism you feel from driving in the simulator is not only from the visual systems but also from the feedback that you get from the steering wheel. The vehicle dynamics are modeled very accurately. It really does feel like it is state-of-the-art technology.

Jason Rogers, University of Florida, Computer Applications Coordinator

Training...On the right Track?

Did you know that simulation training can help students achieve 90% learning retention? Help your training program by getting on the right track with simulation training.

Go Beyond The Simulator And Learn How To Train. FAAC’s Instructor Development courses go beyond the simulator, and teach instructors how to use the simulator as a training tool.

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