L3 Communications
Driving Simulator

VXP Driving Simulator

The risks are simulated, the benefits are real.

  • Safe environment
  • Reduces stress  
  • Progressively complex scenarios
  • More consistent learn opportunities
  • Play-back options for immediate feedback and correction
  • Access for disabled persons anywhere in the world



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SUMMARY OF TECHNICAL CONCEPT

One of many challenges facing disabled vets and physically challenged civilians with serious spinal or leg injury is to regain their mobility in today’s society. Both the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs continue to seek patient focused rehabilitation and education technologies to assist these warriors in achieving their independence.


CHALLENGE

The ability of wounded veterans to reacquire a drivers license is a key DoD and DVA goal.  Patients must learn to drive within their new physical limitations. A variety of devices are available for adapting vehicles to needs of the disabled, especially hand controls for those who are limited or no use of their legs; however there is a lack of simulation for these devices, requiring patients to learn the new controls in-car;. 

Limited familiarization opportunity leads to longer training period at increased cost and increased risk on the road. Simulation training increases familiarization in a risk-free environment, while adding another productive therapeutic exercise to the patients rehabilitation program



 INTRODUCTION

Psychological issues can be difficult to address and individuals can feel isolated leading into depression. During Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF), most soldiers suffered traumatic injuries during a time in their life when they were in peak physical and mental condition. During military services they are embedded in teams and involved in combat leading to periods of heightened mental awareness. They rely on this level of simulation and identify themselves by their unique skill sets as soldiers. Following traumatic injury individuals are transferred to top military hospitals and participate in rehabilitation programs allowing them to transition to top level military hospitals and participate in rehabilitation programs allowing them to transition to the next phase of their lives. Many lose that feeling of being part of a team, when they reintegrate back into society, which can lead to loneliness.  In addition, they often become depressed due to their believe that they can no longer participate in activities that will stimulate them or that they will enjoy.
 

 ABSTRACT #2

Adaptive Motorsports & Wellness (AM&W) developed a motorsports program for disabled vets and physically challenged civilians pertaining to driving and daily living challenges. The AM&W program consist of (3) components: 1) virtual world driver training on a simulator with adapted steering wheel and hand controls 2) transition virtual world driving skills to real world applications {maneuvering a car on a skills course using adapted car on a skills course using focusing on braking, lane changing and accident avoidance} 3) “Worlds First” Arrive & Drive stock car driving experience on a NASCAR style oval track and/or European style road course with hand controls, adapted steering wheel and a professional driver in the passenger seat with a dual steering wheel, gas and brake.  Finally, participants complete the Psychological Impact of Assistive Devices Scale (PIADS) to access the effects of the program on functional independence, well-being, and quality of life. Test results showed that using appropriate safety measures, training and assistive technology allow physical challenged participate in adaptive motorsports with profound effects. This provides a unique perspective to addressing psychological issues, including decreased self-esteem.
 
 OBJECTIVE

Develop virtual world skills on our simulator modified with hand controls and heavy emphasis on the steps necessary for vehicle control, designed to reduce accidents and save lives. The goal is to use the simulator to develop muscle memory in order for the necessary driver inputs to become automatic during real vehicle test. 

Heres a link to the project S.A.V.E. overview on the DIVDS site https://www.dvidshub.net/video/82549/project-save


Advanced training technology and Performance clearly understand that without appropriate assessment and coaching, simulations can allow students to practice bad habits as well as good. Assessing the transfer of simulator trained skills to real vehicle control.

L3 Communications software offers a wide variety of scenarios preparing the driver both mentally and physically by teaching and testing reaction time, accident avoidance, hand eye coordination and many other necessary driving skills.  Simulator lessons deliver a lot of situations with high learning value,that guarantee effectiveness for each student. https://www.erdc.usace.army.mil/Media/Fact-Sheets/Fact-Sheet-Article-View/Article/476653/simulation-based-vehicle-control-training-save-ct/


 AM&W stand-alone, immerse, interactive, adaptive PC based “Driver Rehabilitation Training System (DRTS)” is an innovative approach that consist of fusing a Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) gaming architecture with a low-cost hardware simulation of a hand-controlled acceleration and braking system and advanced (L3 Communications) training technology. Our approach addresses the Military’s driving rehabilitation challenge with mobility, portability, enhanced training effectiveness, and reproductability
 
 
 MILITARY benefits directly support the goals of the Defense Medical Research and Development Program (DMRDP) to discover and explore innovation approaches to protect, support, and advance the health and welfare of military personnel; and to protect, support, and advance the health and welfare of military personnel; and to accelerate the transition of technical advances into the treatment of casualties, as well as veterans rehabilitation and education that can be applied in theater or in the clinical facilities of the Military Health System (MHS) 


CIVILIAN benefits defined by Assistive Technology Act of 1998, refers to “any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities”. Assistive Technology solutions enhance abilities and improve client’s performance with their functional activities thus maximizing client’s level of independence and quality of life. Unfortunately these tools can be costly, affecting an individual’s ability to access solutions proven to enhance their function in daily task.