TRL Launches Driving Simulator “Integral To Future Transport and Driving Research”

TRL, the centre of excellence for the future of transport, has made a significant six figure investment to enhance its driving simulator capabilities. This will ultimately help drive future transport policy, customer safety and road network performance.

TRL’s driving simulator is a behavioural research and validation tool that puts people at the heart of the solution. TRL’s comprehensive simulator suite consists of the new full size DigiCar, a portable version (MiniDigiSim) and a HGV driving simulator (DigiTruck).

TRL’s DigiCar has been built using a Peugeot 3008 SUV, one of the most popular car types seen on the UK’s roads, with SUVs the only car type to see a rise in sales in 2017.* The DigiCar simulator creates a fully immersive experience by combining full vehicle controls and hyper-realistic sensory inputs to enable greater virtual and real world synergy, including a wider field of view (300˚) and road surface simulations, such as a rumble strip, speed bumps and a variety of weather conditions. Drivers’ physiological and biometric data is captured via a range of state-of-the-art measures and eye tracking capabilities.

TRL’s DigiCar simulator will play a pivotal role in validating and facilitating the growth of connected and automated systems worldwide. It will allow users, including manufacturers, technology companies, research institutes and city planners to safely trial the impact of advanced driving-assistance systems (ADAS) in real-life scenarios

Commenting on the launch of the new TRL DigiCar, Ryan Robbins, Senior Human Factors Researcher at TRL, said: “With the majority of vehicle manufacturers now investing in connected and autonomous technology, DigiCar provides a safe and controlled environment for validation trials. Using a simulator is a more cost-effective and time-efficient alternative to acquiring a fleet of vehicles and running labour-intensive trials. The continued evolution of the TRL DigiCar will enable us to gain a greater understanding of the impact innovative mobility technologies will have on our transport system, allowing for a safe and seamless introduction.”