With the primary goal of reducing unacceptably high young driver accident rates, the RealDrive Mid-Range Driving Simulator was designed to research young driver behaviour and to apply the results to young driver training programs. In simulation, fidelity is the measure, mostly subjective, of the level of realism evident to the subject. In constructing an effective simulator, the designer must identify the essential roles of the system and balance the level of fidelity against the available budget. This paper outlines role and fidelity design issues in general, and then describes the fidelity considerations which underlaid the design and construction of RealDrive. One of the key assertions here is that a multi-disciplinary approach, using both behavioural scientists and engineers, is critical in designing an effective simulator. A brief description of the features of RealDrive is given and is followed by a summary of the impressions gathered in a sixteen city tour of the United States. (a) For the covering entry of this conference, see IRRD abstract 868345.


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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 1-14

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  • Accession Number: 00722248
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0-86910-663-5
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1996 12:00AM