The Car will Simulate a Car!

10 05 2009

Chief Reporter of Gulf News reports that “Learner Drivers to be Trained on Simulator”. Wow! I think. I gotta see this one. I had an image of the X-drive ride thingy (that was in Wadi Kabir garden some eons ago). A cocoon completely on weird hydraulics that would move everywhere and filled inside with a grand 360-degree display unit, awesome sound system and big-ass techno-software that would control everything!

Guess what? Flagderash!

The licensing agency of the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has acquired a ‘vehicle’ simulator which will help assess the abilities of learners.

“The technology used in the system is quite unique and unprecedented worldwide as it is the sole system that uses vehicles physically,” said a senior official.

The vehicle is driven using a steering wheel with mobile monitors on both sides of the vehicle to reflect the driving speed.

Aww jeez, c’mon! System is unique ‘coz it uses a ‘car’!?? It’s a SIMULATOR! It’s NOT supposed to use a car! Who comes up with these ideas!!? Even more, who comes up with these articles??!

The vehicle is driven using a steering wheel with mobile monitors on both sides of the vehicle to reflect the driving speed.

The technology is different from other simulator technologies as it gives the driver a real feel of road conditions[…]

Mobile monitors? What? The monitors move or something? Maybe they’ve got 10 monitors per side and each monitor shows a still image and the monitors move backwards in a loop to give the impression that the car is moving forwards!

Needless to say, I have questions. Is the car started? Is it turned off? Is there feedback from the engine (forex when the driver lets off the accelerator and does not yet engage the brake). Does the engine sound appropriately to assist in shifting gears? Is the power steering turned on? Is turning the steering wheel on a stationary car the same as turning one on a moving car? Do they allow for G-forces in case of sudden braking and sudden acceleration?

Maybe I can train ppl in my car on a private roadway and call it a simulator that trains “without risking the life of the trainee or other road users”.

*sigh*

-FK




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