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Carnetsoft develops car driving simulator software for driver training, scientific behavioural research and clinical applications, such as testing of driver fitness and measurement of brake reaction time. The very complete driver training curriculum contains all the lessons your trainee needs to become a skilled and safe driver. It contains lessons in vehicle control, including gear changing, lane changing, use of indicator and visual scanning of the environment. This makes it suitable for the initial phases of learning to drive a car. But also complex traffic behaviour is trained, including entering highways, negotiating roundabouts, application of priority rules, driving on motorways and in villages and towns with pedestrians and unexpected events. Training in fog, rain, snow, sun blinding and night driving are also an important part of the curriculum. The emphasis is on learning to drive safely.
The driver training modules focus on two aspects that are of utmost importance in driver training:
- task automation: repetition of driving tasks, such as gear changing, lane changing, use of the indicator, approaching a junction, application of priority rules, negotiating roundabouts etc. This makes sure the student practices all these tasks sufficiently which results in task automation. When essential tasks are performed automatically, without requiring too much attention, the driver can focus and anticipate on unexpected events and spread the attention to a wider view of the surroundings. This is the main factor that makes driving safer. A better skilled driver is more aware of hazards in the surroundings, looks farther ahead, scans the surroundings more frequently and checks the mirrors regularly.
- visual scanning: scanning is checked by the virtual instructor continuously, via a head tracker that evaluates whether the driver has checked the mirrors, and looks to the left and right when approaching an intersection, or checks the shoulders when changing lanes. Visual scanning is an important part of safe driving that must be integrated in the driving task and become a second nature of the driver. Beginner drivers often lack the attentional resources to scan sufficiently which is one of the most important reasons why they fail their driving test. As drivers become more experienced, and the task requires fewer controlled and conscious attention because of task automation, more attention is allocated to visual scanning of the mirrors and the surroundings which results in safer driving. The driver training curriculum in the driving simulator integrates visual scanning in the driver training from the start which is one of the reason why this type of training is so effective.
These aspects are where a car driving simulator is better at, compared to the usual method of driver training in a learner car. Feedback is consistent, the virtual instructor in the driving simulator checks continually for driving errors. Also, the quality of instruction and feedback is high for all students, and the reports, generated by the student assessment system are detailed and present a good picture of student progress.
All important aspects of learning to drive a car are covered. In contrast to some other driving simulators, in the Carnetsoft driving simulator, the emphasis is not just on learning vehicle control: also traffic interactions, unexpected hazards, special circumstances (night driving, rain, snow and fog) and safety awareness are an inportant part of driver training.
The research driving simulator software has been used in numerous experiments by universities and research institutes. It enables the researcher to prepare and perform behavioural experiments into car driving and human factors experiments in a minimum amount of time. The type of experiments that have been done range from experiments on the effects of alcohol, drugs and fatigue on driving behaviour to experimens on workload and in-vehicle devices.
The complete set of software modules for driver training, including the 3-display surround runtime simulation software, costs €1500. This is only a fraction of the price of other comparable professional driver training software that you will find in the market.
For more details on the driving simulator software, see the driving simulator details page...