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PC-Based Simulation

The heart of NADS' PC-Based Simulation research is the MiniSim program.

The MiniSim program is focused on delivering proven NADS PC-based ground vehicle simulation technology to our customers at an affordable cost . Our customers benefit from operating a simulator that is compatible with the same software platform as the NADS-1; this means that all scenarios and visual environments are portable between simulators. Our customers also benefit from our extensive experience in scenario development and experimental design, accessible either directly or through discussion forums on the MiniSim website. Applications for the MiniSim range from typical human factors research, medical research, driver training, product development (hardware and software in the loop), and multi-site clinical trials.

The MiniSim is a PC-based research driving simulator with powerful scenario editing and data acquisition capabilities that is based on over a decade of research and driving simulation experience at the University of Iowa's National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS). The MiniSim simulation platform leverages the same simulation software and tools that have been developed by NADS staff for the NADS-1 research simulator, but repackaged in smaller system suitable for deployment at customer locations.

The MiniSim is typically deployed in either desktop or quarter-cab configurations. The desktop system utilizes commercial off the shelf (COTS) hardware and a gaming-type steering wheel and pedal set. The quarter-cab simulator uses a NADS-designed cab with real vehicle seat, controls, and three large plasma displays. Custom configurations, such as mobile simulators, are possible.


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