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Driving and Bicycling Simulator Facilities

Researchers affiliated with the laboratory are concerned with studying transportation operations and safety issues from a multi-modal perspective. The high fidelity simulators allow researchers to evaluate many more scenarios that would be practically possible in other experimental mediums while simultaneously controlling for extraneous variables. As a result, drivers and bicyclists can be exposed to risky scenarios that would be either very difficult or impossible to evaluate in the real world.

Driving Simulator

The OSU Driving Simulator is a high-fidelity simulator, consisting of a full 2009 Ford Fusion cab mounted on top of a pitch motion system. Three projectors produce a 180-degree front view and a fourth projector displays a rear image for the driver’s center mirror. The two side mirrors have LCD displays. The vehicle cab instruments are fully functional and include a steering control loading system to accurately represent steering torques based on vehicle speed and steering angle. The simulator software can record performance measures such as speed, position, braking and acceleration at a sampling rate of 60Hz.

Driving Simulator

Eye-Tracking

Eye movement data can be collected using the Mobile Eye-XG platform from Applied Science Laboratories. The Mobile Eye-XG allows the subject to have unconstrained eye and head movement, generating a sampling rate of 30 Hz and with an accuracy of 0.5 to 1.0 degree. The subject’s gaze is calculated based on the correlation between the subject’s pupil position and the reflection of three infrared lights on the eyeball. 

Eye-Tracking

Bicycling Simulator

The OSU Bicycling Simulator is one of only a few full scale bicycle simulators in the world, and can operate simultaneously with the OSU Driving Simulator in the same virtual environment. Braking, pedaling, and steering inputs from the cyclist are reflected in the visual field which includes a rear view mirror.  To increase the demographic variety of subjects, three different bicycles (men’s, women’s, and a smaller children size) have been instrumented and can be easily swapped on the adjustable platform. 

Bicycling Simulator