Real-Time Driving Experience Simulator
Motor vehicles must be safe and easy to use. Assessments are performed both in real vehicles and in driving simulators. However, many driving simulators are too expensive to purchase, too complex to use, take too long to program, and sometimes lack the desired functional characteristics. The goal of this project is to build a simulator through the creative use of free software (e.g., OpenDS, OpenStreetMap), simple hardware, and student creativity to develop a driving simulator suitable for research purposes.
Our team will be building virtual roadways and scenarios suitable for simple experiments; we will create virtual worlds that can be explored in the simulator, starting with U-M North Campus and then some of Ann Arbor and the major surrounding roads. In addition, by improving an integrated hardware-software system, students will learn software to support virtual reality, build prototypes, and conduct experiments with users of software/hardware to validate ease of use and functional requirements. The team will communicate how the simulator works via technical documentation as well as innovative video and audio summaries.
Meeting time and location
We will meet at the UMTRI Building, 2901 Baxter Road. Mondays at 5-6 pm is the proposed team work-together meeting. A best time will be finalized once students are identified. In addition, each subsystem team arranges a convenient time to meet and work together on a weekly basis.
This newly formed start-up team will develop three sub-teams with student team leaders that report to the PIs. The sub-teams are Virtual World Integration, Motion Simulation and Cab Improvement, and Virtual Roadway Simulation teams. The teams are flexibly structured to enhance creativity and opportunity for student growth.
Open Lab Meeting
Join us at an MDP Open Lab meeting to learn more about the research and meet the faculty.
Location: 3316 EECS