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A flexible and scalable vehicle simulation solution

Distracted driving.  Occupational therapy.  Automotive user experience design.  Human/AI shared vehicle control strategies – Realtime Technologies partners with designers and researchers throughout industry and academia.  High-quality research relies on accurate automotive simulation models, so we bring together multi-body vehicle dynamics, detailed graphical simulation, coordinated multi-sensory cuing, and precise vehicle and environment modeling in a single flexible and scalable simulator solution. Our system can factor a wide number of variables into the simulation process, including road conditions and safety hazards. The result is an automotive research driving simulator that can accurately model all aspects of the driving experience.

Vehicle Simulation with SimCreator

The SimCreator driving simulation platform is designed to readily integrate into research environments. It’s a complete hardware/software solution, with every aspect configured to suit your research—from low-cost generic virtual driving simulators built around gaming-style steering and pedal sets, to custom mock-up vehicles with full instrumentation based on current or future production vehicles or concepts. Using our SimCreator application software and hardware, the experience of the drive can be simulated in a way that replicates the feel of the road, providing an advanced modeling solution that can be integral to safety and engineering research. So whether your team is conducting academic research into road safety or your automotive industry engineering team needs to model how changes to the vehicle affect car performance, we provide the insightful analysis only possible through the use of an advanced simulator. Our customers use the SimASAS plug-in for SimCreator for virtual testing of driver assistance systems, enabling safe research into distracted driving, performing simulation-based research on self-driving car technology, and more. Whether your team is seeking to optimize automobile performance or human behavior in driving, innovation begins with SimCreator. But for some applications, SimCreator can be supplemented with additional simulation tools that enable real-time video capture, implementation of virtual scenarios and environments, and more.

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All of the software elements of your simulator 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 vital to your research.  SimCreator’s modular, scalable software makes it easy to build on your original automotive simulation model as your research expands or changes direction.

SimCreator has two primary modules:

  • Vehicle dynamics themselves are designed in the SimVehicle software, which can model a wide range of vehicle types (four-, six-, or eight-wheeled, tracked) with varying load types and sizes, even equipment malfunctions
  • Simulation scenarios and environments are crafted in SimVista—which also allows for on-the-fly control of the scenario, including modifications to weather, lighting, driving, and vehicle conditions, joystick control of pedestrians and other vehicles, etc.

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

  • SimObserver a video capture system that can include driver eye tracking
  • SimDriver an autonomous interaction simulation software

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.

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Vehicle Simulation Customer-for-Life

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

We don’t just sell automotive simulation equipment; we partner with researchers and institutions to develop their ideal vehicle and driver simulation solution.

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