Application Potential of Wheeled Mobile Driving Simulators
A driving simulator (DS) portrays different traffic situations to a test person within a limited space that in reality span a bigger space. A larger range of motion for the DS increases immersion, however also weight, purchase, and operating costs at least for conventional systems. These systems with a larger space of movement are thus not very wide-spread, which impedes extensive use for the development of driver assistance systems especially in urban environment. A new concept promises to allow high-quality representations of traffic scenarios while significantly reducing the costs. The feasibility of this concept seems to be given according to preliminary works from FZD. A simulative and prototypical development environment (Figure below) was created, first put into operation on the 4th of February 2015, and named MORPHEUS (Mobile OmnidiRectional Platform for Highly dynamic and tirEboUnd driving Simulation) on the 24th of July 2015.
This tool is the foundation for extended basic research. The project goals aim at researching the wheeled mobile DS in order to create new applications for driving simulation and to make a wide distribution possible due to its cost-efficient approach. Current research is focused on the vertical dynamics of the DS and the safety architecture for its operation.
Research on this topic is supported by the „Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes“ since 2010 and by the „Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft“ (DFG) since 2015.