Driver training curriculum

Driving simulator software for initial driver education

 

For driver training in driving schools and driver education in secondary schools.
A complete desktop driver training simulator is available for €4.999,- (ex VAT), including computer, 4 monitors, control unit, webcam (for head tracking to evaluate scanning), soundsystem, driver training software, safety awareness training software and runtime simulation software. The driver training curriculum contains:

  • 15 databases (highway, roundabouts, urban environment, rural environment, motorways, etc).
  • 50 individual lessons that cover vehicle control, traffic participation and adverse weather and lighting conditions.
  • Vehicle control lessons: reverse parking, reversing around a corner, gear changing, steering techniques, lane changing, passing and overtaking, use of indicator etc.
  • Traffic participation: scanning techniques while approaching intersections and when changing lanes, roundabouts, motorways and highways, city driving, right of way rules etc.
  • Both left-hand drive and right-hand drive available
  • Rules of the road and road signs for various countries, for example, the UK, India, South Africa, Ireland, Australia, The Netherlands, etc.
  • Suitable and very affordable for drivers ed in highschools in the USA and Canada.

Information in Dutch (rijsimulator) can be found on a separate page. Also check this page for more information on the driver training curriculum.

Important elements of training that make a difference

The driver training curriculum covers around 50 lessons, varying from 5 to 25 minutes each. The most important characteristics of the curriculum:

  • Automation training of a number of important driving tasks: driving off (control of clutch to prevent stalling of the engine), steering, gear changing, lane changing (especially scanning techniques and use of indicator), intersection right turn, left turn and going straight ahead (especially scanning techniques, priority rules, use of indicator, speed control and gear changing), and roundabout first, second and third exit.
  • The Virtual Instructor (VI) gives advanced feedback on driver errors and observes behaviour of the student continuously. The VI monitors the situation the driver is in, and the driver responses. It evaluates which driver task is currently performed and gives immediate spoken feedback. This greatly enhanced training effectiveness.
  • Student Assessment System (SAS) generates detailed reports of student progress.
  • Strength/Weakness analysis provides quick overview of strong points and weak points of skill development.
  • Very complete training program for driver training.
  • Didactics promotes automation of driver skills.
  • Training emphasizes safe driving and eco-driving.
  • Highly configurable and easy to use user interface.

Lessons are available for both left-lane driving (as in Australia and UK) and right-lane driving traffic systems (as in most European countries). Lessons may differ between country versions. For more information, download the manual for the training system.

Overview of lessons

LevelName of lessonDuration (min)Description
1-Vehicle control
Module drive offI-StartStop
5
Instruction: start engine, drive off, stop the car, turn of engine
AUTOM_Driveoff
20
Automation: drive off
Module steeringI-Steering1
11
Instruction: steering: pass-on and cross-over methods
P-Steering2
9
Practice: steering at higher speed
AUTOM_Steering20Automation:steering
Module change gearI-ChangeGear
4
Instruction: change gear manually
AUTOM_ChangeGear20Automation: change gear
Module change lanesI-ChangeLanes10Instruction: change lanes
I-Overtaking5Instruction: passing and overtaking
AUTOM-ChangeLanes20Automation: change lanes
P-Control
8
Integration: skills to control the vehicle
Module parkingP-Reversing5Practice: driving in reverse gear around a corner
I-ParallelParking3Instruction: reverse parallel parking
I-Bayparking3Instruction: reverse parking into a bay
P-Parking
5
Practice: reverse parking
2-Traffic participation
Module intersectionsI-Observation
18
Instruction: visual scanning and vehicle control (indicator, gear, speed) when approaching an intersection and turning left, right or going straight ahead
I-Priority
10
Instruction: Priority rules
AUTOM-ScanStraight15Automation: straight ahead at intersections
AUTOM-ScanRight15Automation: turn right at intersections
AUTOM-ScanLeft15Automation: turn left at intersections
Module roundaboutsI-Roundabout1
5
Instruction: approaching and driving on small roundabouts
P-Roundabout1
6
Training: approaching and driving on small roundabouts
I-Roundabout2
5
Instruction: approaching and driving on large roundabouts
P-Roundabout2
7
Training: approaching and driving on large roundabouts
AUTOM-RoundFirst15Automation: roundabout first exit
AUTOM-RoundSecond15Automation: roundabout second exit
AUTOM-RoundThird15Automation: roundabout third exit
IntegrationP-Traffic1
12
Practice: traffic interactions in rural areas
P-Traffic2
8
Practice: traffic interactions in practice area
P-Traffic3
11
Practice: traffic interactions in urban areas with pedestians
P-Carriageways
11
Practice: single and dual carriageways
I-Merging
9
Instruction: filtering in and out on highways
P-Highway1
4
Practice: driving on a highway, filtering in and out
P-Highway2
4
Practice: driving on a highway, merging traffic
P-Highway3
5
Practice: driving on a highway, filtering in in a traffic jam
P-Highway4
20
Practice: prolonged driving on a highway
3-Special circumstances
P-Fog1
14
Practice: fog outside build-up area
P-Fog2
5
Practice: fog on highway
P-Rain
14
Practice: driving while it is raining
P-Snow1
16
Practice: slippery road
P-Snow2
16
Practice: driving while it is snowing, adverse weather, reduced visibility and slippery road
P-Night1
9
Practice: night driving 1, no traffic
P-Night2
12
Practice: night driving 2, rural area
P-Night3
5
Practice: night driving 3, Highway

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