Toyota’s High-Tech Realistic Driving Simulator

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It looks like something out of science fiction perhaps a flight simulator for an advanced spacecraft. Inside this white dome in a hanger at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan is something just as high-tech, but with a more down-to-earth aim.

image/source: Network World

It’s the world’s most advanced driving simulator, designed to replicate the sensations of sitting behind the wheel of a car. It’s part of Toyota’s research into reducing road accidents.Designed to replicate the sensations of sitting behind the wheel of a car.

The dome itself, which acts as a giant 360-degree video screen, can be moved via precision computer control around an area the equivalent of four tennis courts, simulating a real driving experience that includes a sense of speed, acceleration and riding comfort with sound effects thrown in to complete the virtual driving experience.

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But for engineers at Toyota Motor Corp., their new machine is anything but a toy. It’s the culmination of a four-year project to build the world’s most realistic driving simulator.

VIA Network World
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