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Universal light transport display and motion articulated training equipment.

The twofold aim is to overcome the technical obstacles with
which driving simulator designers in the ground transport
field are confronted and apply an efficient industrial
approach to this large sector of activity.

Summary: Simulators for ground vehicles are becoming a significant part of the simulation industry. However, the technology employed employed has fallen into the following categories, generally: * high-end research simulators for vehicle manufacturers and Government Departments, carrying a very high price tag * flight simulator-based designs, with aircraft cockpits replaced by ground vehicle cabs, which are neither optimal on performance nor cost-effective * very low cost simulators with off-motion displays and limited motion range, limiting the scope of application. Simularly, commercial flight simulation technologies fall into the following: * high fidelity FAA/JAR level C & D devices with full 6 DOF motion and large collimated displays * flight training devices that provide similar levels of cockpit reproduction as level C/D but with no motion or visual display * CBT training devices. It is becoming apparent that new trends are emerging in the traditional flight simulation market place. In particular there are moves to harness the improving level of PC-based performances to substantially reduce costs and consequently re-evaluate the training potential of simpler devices. The project aims to encourage system integrators and simulator manufacturers to offer level A and B training capabilities at a price below that currently being asked for FTD devices. The customer would then be able to select a well specified standard system and concentrate on the Cabin, Host Computer, Image Generator, Vehicle Models and other simulator specific aspects, whilst knowing exactly what the combined motion and visual performance would be. By the introduction of such standardisation, design "time costs" and time-to-market for the customer would all be improved. The strategy of the project would be split into three phases: 1) Common Research Phase The Simulator platform will comprise the following: * an electric motion system * an integrated image display system. These components are closely linked and interacting. An underlying objective is to integrate these to provide a standardised interface and performance "shopping list" that system integrators could use to predict total system performances. Many studies have been and are being undertaken by various military and civil institutions worldwide into the human factor requirements for appropriate fidelity in simulation. However, the primary specification will come from the existing JAR requirements for level A/B systems. Additional sources of information will include simulator integrators and end-users, where possible. 2) Industrial Development Phase This phase would include design, development and building of the prototype ready for integration. 3) Integration and Validation phase A test platform will be set up in order to produce an experimental evidence of the validity of the above-defined solutions, which could form the future reference to be used by customers in the field of ground transport in order to fix their priorities and select their options. Involvement of an Associate Integrator is the key to this phase. 2.1 Projection Display System Projection display systems for ground transport simulators will be examined in order to: * determine the exact display system requirements for the different training requirements * utilise existing technology to meet the identified training requirements/cost restraints, where possible. * conduct research/development to provide new technologies to meet other requirements identified at appropriate costs * build a product matrix to cover as many applications as possible * achieve integration with motion. 2.2 Motion System The cab motion system will be developed in combination with the visual display system in such a way that the following requirements are met: * compactness * low cost * acceleration and travel capacities suited to the movements to be simulated * modularity of adjustment software * electromechanical jack technology * integration of display * accommodation of a wide range of cab/cockpit types.
Project ID: 
1 493
Start date: 
01-01-1999
Project Duration: 
72months
Project costs: 
2 580 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Simulation
Market Area: 
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