This article provides a brief history of driving simulators, beginning with the earliest known studies of driving ability which took place in the 1920s. The common thread that unites the early simulators with today's sophisticated driving simulators is that they place the subject in an artificial environment believed to be a valid substitute for one or more aspects of the actual driving experience. The reasons for these systems have remained the same: to provide a safe environment for testing in which controlled, repeated measurements can be undertaken cost-effectively. Researchers and examiners hope that the measurements obtained through this substitute testing can help them predict equivalent measurements in the real world.


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Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 3 p.
  • Serial:
    • TR News
    • Issue Number: 179
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 0738-6826
  • Publication flags:

    Open Access (libre)

Subject/Index Terms

  • TRT Terms: Driving simulators; History
  • Subject Areas: Highways; History; Planning and Forecasting; Safety and Human Factors; I72: Traffic and Transport Planning;

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00711813
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 26 1995 12:00AM