When you think of a Car Simulator, chances are you imagine an arcade style set up of a racing driver seat set in front of a bank of monitors with a steering wheel and controls on hand to control your virtual vehicle through a speed test. Whilst this is a common scenario, more sophisticated driving simulation software, such as that developed by Carnetsoft is designed with far more intricate details and with the ability to set and refine scenarios making it extremely useful in clinical settings. One use of Carnetsoft’s driver simulation software is for the treatment of driving phobia – allowing those who have perhaps stopped driving due to an accident or other traumatic event, to re-learn and practice their driving skills in order to gain confidence before venturing back out onto the roads. A driving simulation can also be used to set up specific scenarios to test for certain brain functions – you can easily imagine situations designed to monitor risk-taking, reaction times or observation. All these are key factors in the fitness to drive of the elderly, neurologically impaired or cognitively challenged. As you can imagine it would be unethical and dangerous to test these in a real car, particularly if the level of degeneration was being measured.
Car simulators are also increasingly being used for by driving schools for virtual training, offering a more flexible and affordable solution for learning to drive. A Driving Training Simulator combines car simulation software, a virtual driving instructor, steering wheel and driving controls.