A Pilot Study Towards Standardizing Simulators in Teen Driver Training (Phase I)

Project status: Complete

Thrust area: Visualization and Virtual Prototyping

Research team: Kevin Hulme

In this research study, we incorporate simulation technology into an engaging educational program for high school-aged teenagers that will make them better prepared for the challenges of driving. The safe and repeatable immersive training environment, modeled after local roadways, contains relevant real-world hazards, and provides valuable and much needed additional \"behind the wheel\" experience. Ultimately, this research demonstrates the effectiveness of simulators in young driver training, and analyzes the level of motion fidelity required to offer an authentic training experience.