The UAB TRIP Lab’s Driving Simulator has been featured on the TODAY Show and CNN!


The UAB TDriving Simulator -2 (2)-minRIP Lab houses the UAB TRIP Lab’s Driving Simulator facility (~600 sq ft).  This high-fidelity, fully immersive instrument designed by Realtime Technologies, Inc. (RTI) is outfitted with a 2016 Honda Pilot featuring a fully functional steering wheel, throttle, brake, gear selector, turn signals, and dashboard.  It is placed on a motion base system allowing the vehicle to be at normal ride height for ingress and egress while providing the driver with pitch cues for acceleration and braking.  The simulator provides sensitive haptic feedback to the driver for a realistic driving experience. The high quality graphics Driving Simulator -3 (640x426)-minof visual system have a 60 Hz update rate and a measured latency of less than 50 ms from step input on host to visuals output. The visual system consists of three large front projected screens 10 feet in front of the driver to provide proper eye relief.  The scenery is displayed on three 80” LCD projection screens, providing a 180° field of view.  A large screen behind the cab allows the driver to see the simulated environment behind the vehicle through use of the center rear mirror.  LCD displays are used in the side mirror housings to account for the different calculated field of views needed for the two side mirrors.  simulator small 6A 5.1 sound system surrounds the vehicle for realistic vehicle and pass-by sounds.  Full Doppler sound effects add realism for proper pass-by sounds for ambient traffic.  Additional speakers are located inside the vehicle for use of warning systems, route guidance instructions, or interaction between the operator and subject driver.  Adjacent to the simulator room is a tester control room outfitted with all the equipment necessary to run and maintain the simulator.  These rooms are separated by a one-way mirror.  The TRIP Lab’s Driving Simulator runs on a powerful software system that is fully customizable. Many outcomes can be measured, such as speed, time-to-collision, gap acceptance, braking reaction time, brake pressure, lateral acceleration, lane position, steering variability.

The faculty and staff of the Translational Research for Injury Prevention Laboratory have extensive experience in multi-disciplinary transportation-related injury prevention research. Their experience with driving simulator-related research design and implementation, as well as data collection, analysis, and presentation is unparalleled. They are happy to share their knowledge, experience, and resources to assist you with your research needs.

The Driving Simulator’s progressive software is fully customizable for your research. The Simulator’s powerful dynamics support accurate modeling of vehicle response to the conditions you set. High quality graphics and sensitive haptic feedback allows the driver to become fully immersed in the virtual environment. Explore the capabilities of the TRIP Lab and its Driving Simulator to better understand how we can serve your needs.

The TRIP Lab’s high fidelity, fully immersive, state-of-the-art Driving Simulator is capable of measuring a wide variety of driver behaviors/outcome variables for all your research needs, including:

  • Speed
  • Time-to-Collision
  • Headway Time/Distance
  • Gap Acceptance
  • Braking Reaction Time
  • Brake Pressure
  • Lateral Acceleration
  • Lane Positioning
  • Steering Variability

Many other outcome measures are available. The TRIP Lab’s Driving Simulator runs on a powerful software system that is fully customizable to meet your research needs. For more information about the Driving Simulator, contact the TRIP Lab.


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