With the growing interest in autonomous vehicles and adaptive automation, the BMS Lab recognised the need for introducing a driving simulator as part of the facilities.
Space, equipment and possibilities
The BMS Lab has a driving simulator equipped with a platform, which enables movement and a more realistic experience. Additionally, researchers and students can use the Varjo VR headset in combination with the simulator. The VR headset includes optional eye-tracking. When the experiment does not require the use of VR, researchers can opt to use the large screen projector.
Currently, there are two environments that are available. Both environments show a highway scene. One of the environments is modeled after a Dutch highway. This environment is appropriate when studying manual driving. The other presents a highway in a warm climate, including mountains and it is suitable for autonomous driving simulation. Researchers and students can request more environments or modifications to current environments.
Researchers and students alike can use The driving simulator for a wide variety of studies. Previous studies from students and researchers of human factors and engineering psychology have focused on measuring the trust in autonomous vehicles, the development of adaptive automation, and research on the vigilance of the brain. For the latter study, the researchers used a mobile version of the driving simulator in the Recognize room to use EEG measurements. Depending on the environment created and the experiment design, it can be used for, for example, training purposes, psychophysiological measures in driving simulation, testing of autonomous vehicles, manual driving patterns, eye-tracking studies, and many more.