Designing Driving Simulators Essay

6703 Words Jan 31st, 2014 27 Pages
INTRODUCTION Background
Driving Simulators are used for entertainment as well as in training of driver's education courses taught in educational institutions and private businesses. They are also used for research purposes in the area of human factors and medical research, to monitor driver behavior, performance, and attention and in the car industry to design and evaluate new vehicles or new advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). Training Driving simulators are being increasingly used for training drivers all over the world. Research has shown that driving simulators are proven to be excellent practical and effective educational tools to impart safe driving training techniques for all drivers. Uses
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Objective
The objective of this project is to design the mechanical part of a driving simulator that has the ability to reproduce the car response and behavior of a driver in reality.

Scope
Driving simulators can encompass a vast variety of scenarios that require more than a 13 week time frame to intricately and accurately incorporate in our design. Hence our project is limited to a few scenarios of driving namely accelerating, cruising, braking, turning and overcoming a minor obstacle such as a hump. Furthermore, we will limit our design to the mechanical aspects of the simulator and neglect the programming and majority of the electronic aspects.

Research on Existing Driving Simulators

In the existing market for driving simulators, there are a variety of designs with each manufacturer claiming to have a product with better performance and reliability compared to the rest. We will now take a closer look at some of these products to analyse their pros and cons so that we can come up with a design that is best suited to our consumer requirements.

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CarSim

CarSim simulates the dynamic behavior of racecars, passenger cars, light trucks, and utility vehicles. It animates simulated tests and has the ability to output over 700 calculated variables to plot and analyze. The outputs can also be exported to other softwares such as MATLAB, Excel, and optimization tools for further analysis.

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