The National Transportation Safety Board will soon be using an innovative driving simulator made by the Mechanical Simulation Corp. The simulator will be used by NTSB engineers for accident investigation and development, testing and demonstration of accident avoidance and mitigation strategies.
The three degree of freedom (3 DOF) motion simulator features Mechanical Simulation's flagship vehicle simulation software product - TruckSim for Driving Simulators.
Dr. Carl R. Schultheisz from NTSB said, "We worked very closely with Mechanical Simulation to define the performance and operational requirements of the simulator. This successful collaboration resulted in an open-architecture tool that we will be able to integrate with a wide range of accident investigation and engineering operations. With a TruckSim based simulator, we will be able to more quickly understand the unique characteristics of heavy-duty and commercial vehicle accidents and to evaluate new technologies and accident avoidance strategies."
"We use TruckSim in desktop simulations because it allows us to control the physics in an accident scenario - the vehicle parameters and interactions with the road surface through th tires, suspension and braking," said Dr. Schultheisz. "In moving to the real-time driving simulator, our experience with TruckSim made the implementation fairly straightforward, and still allowed us complete control of vehicle properties, and the driving scene - complete with 3D models of vehicles. This lets us optimize all conditions to provide the most realistic driving experience for each investigation we want to demonstrate."