Design and Development of Driving Simulator Scenarios for Road Validation Studies

Juan F. Dols, Jaime Molina, Francisco J. Camacho, Javier Marín-Morales, Ana M. Pérez-Zuriaga, Alfredo Garcia
2016 Transportation Research Procedia  
In recent years, the number of road-based studies using driving simulators is growing significantly. This allows evaluating controlled situations that otherwise would require disproportionate observations in time and/or cost. The Institute of Design and Manufacturing (IDF) of the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) has developed, in collaboration with the Engineering Research Group Highway (GIIC) of the UPV, a low cost simulator that allows rapid implementation and effectively a new
more » ... logy for validation studies of different roads through the implementation in the simulator scenarios of existing roads. This methodology allows the development of new scenarios based on the analysis of a layers-file system. Each layer includes different information from the road, such as mapping, geometry, signaling, aerial photos, etc. The creation of the simulated scenario is very fast based on the geometric design software, making it easier to consulting firms using the system that can evaluate and audit a particular route, obtaining reliable conclusions at minimal cost, even if the road is not actually built. This paper describes the basic structure of the layers generated for developing scenarios and guidelines for the implementation thereof. Finally the application of this methodology to a case of success will be described.
doi:10.1016/j.trpro.2016.12.038 fatcat:z3z3fmkmj5byhbhvigbuq5cgpq