Driving Simulator Core

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The Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute is working to reduce the frequency and severity of motor vehicle crashes involving teens behind the wheel. The Driving Simulator Core offers customizable programming to replicate controlled scenarios typical in the driving environment, such as dynamic traffic behaviors, pedestrians, distractions, time of day, and weather to fit the needs of researchers.

The driving simulators feature:

  • A hands-off detection BMW steering wheel that helps investigators detect drivers’ hands on — and off — the wheel for autonomous vehicle studies
  • A video-based data visualization program for processing simulator data
  • Integrated advanced, lightweight eye tracking capabilities
  • Specialty programming to analyze eye-tracking data

Investigators who conducted several Teen Driving Safety studies used CIRP’s driving simulators to help improve the assessment of driving skills and to better understand driving behaviors and emotions to improve performance. Through its library of drives, the driving simulators also have the potential to help answer clinical research questions beyond traffic injury prevention, including cognition, injury recovery, attention, and more.