Authors: Grace Taylor, Wayne Giang
Faculty Mentor: Wayne Giang
College: Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
There are roughly 1.35 million road traffic deaths every year. New technologies, such as smart infrastructure and driving automation have the potential to increase driver safety, but can also be hazards due to distraction, misuse, or misunderstanding. Thus, it is important to evaluate driver behavior when interacting with these systems. In order to conduct this testing in a safe environment, the University of Florida’s Industrial and Systems Engineering department is currently setting up a high-fidelity driving simulator composed of a motion base, driver cab, and TVs displaying the simulated environment. This poster will describe one aspect of the simulator integration process, setting motion limits on the 6 degrees of freedom hexapod to ensure a safe motion envelope for the simulator platform. By varying the six directional limits, multiple motion envelopes of the cab will be simulated in a CAD software to determine the appropriate limits for heave, sway, surge, roll, pitch, and yaw. This poster will also review the literature on the effects of limiting the motion range of the motion base on the fidelity of the driving simulator motion. These results will help ensure the safety and efficacy of the driving simulator.