About Driving Simulator #
The driving simulator room is set up to be used for research involving the simulation of vehicles. The room is set up with Logitech gear, including a seat, steering wheel, pedals, and shift stick, as well as a moving base that replicates movements felt in real life driving. It also includes speakers and lights to replicate traffic sounds and lighting. This set up offers a more realistic experience for the users and stimulates actual driving behavior and action. The visual simulation can be projected onto the wall covered by a 2×3 meter screen. Alternatively, researchers can make use of the two VR headsets available in the room, which are the Varjo VR headset or the Oculus Rift S. The Varjo VR-2 Pro headset includes the option for eye-tracking.
Currently, two scenes are available for research in the driving simulator. The first option that is available is a self-driving vehicle. This scene includes a physical slider that is designed to continuously measure trust. The second scene allows users to drive on a highway manually while receiving instructions on when to take an exit or change a lane during the simulation.
Using the Driving Simulator Room and their Equipment #
The Driving Simulator Set: Researchers can use the driving simulator to drive a vehicle by using the steering wheel and pedals. The additional option of the moving base allows the simulation to replicate the haptic feedback of a real vehicle.
The VR Glasses: Two VR glasses are available in this room as an alternative to a screen. The Varjo VR-2 Pro glasses have an additional option for eye-tracking. By pairing the VR headset with the moving base subjects can experience an immersive simulated driving experience.
When should you use the Driving Simulator room?
The options for self-driving and manually driven vehicles in combination with VR headsets or large screens allows researchers to research driving behavior and concepts such as trust towards autonomous vehicles.
When should you not use the Driving Simulator room?
If you require an EEG set to measure the brain waves of your subjects, you should choose the mobile driving simulator in the Recognice room. If you solely require a simulation without the need for additional equipment specific to this room you may reserve single VR headsets and book one of the Flexperiment rooms.
Best Practices Driving Simulator #
When in the room there are some ground rules you must abide by.
Hygiene Protocol #
The below states the hygiene procedures related to persons. For equipment, follow the disinfection procedure for the instrument. For more details, read the hygiene protocol (link).
1 – Persons
1.1 – Postpone the study in case of flu, cold or other infection in the trial conductor or subject (V).
1.2 – Ensure good general body and clothing hygiene during the trial period (V).
1.3 – The simplest disinfection procedure is hand washing. This should be done, regardless of the use of gloves:
a – prior to physiological actions (V).
b – after physiological actions (V).
c – after using the toilet (V).
d – after sneezing, coughing or blowing the nose (use paper tissues) (V).
e – after unexpected contact with blood or other body fluids (V).
1.4 – It is preferable not to wear rings during examination (V).
1.5 – Nails should preferably be kept short and clean during the study period (V).
2 – VR Headsets
2.1 – When working with VR headsets, ensure every participant wears the designated eye masks.
2.2 – Clean headset after every participant use with the designated cleansing wipes.
a – Never use alcoholic cleansing wipes to clean VR headsets.
3 – Logitech Gears and Steering Wheel
3.1 – Wipe clean the gears and wheel after each participant uses the driving simulator