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.
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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.
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.