February 27, 2012
Ford’s virtual reality safe driving simulator 0
Ford has upgraded their Virtual Test Track Experiment simulator (also known as Virttex). Now the intelligent and useful pod will come with a more sophisticated manner of studying the performance of drivers. The image rendering technology built within has also been greatly improved.
What the Virttex is used for
The technology isn’t new. It has been around since 2001. In essence it recognises driver behaviour so Ford can develop safety equipment. It is place within a dome with a motion based simulator being placed within. It is placed upon a hydraulic system so that vehicle movements are recognised to the user.
Ford can use the information to develop future in car safety technology. Ford receive trustworthy and accurate test results that help determine how to develop various piece of technology. This will include Ford developing systems how to warn drivers of collisions that are about to occur, if they are feeling drowsy and other different types of conditions when behind the wheel.
Improvement of image rendering
With the improvement of image rendering, the upgraded technology will now display a higher resolution projected image. There will be a digitally projected 360 degree horizontal view of the road ahead. This will test out driver habits, such as their acceleration, typical reactions during a number of different conditions along with braking and steering performance.
Now the scenery is more realistic and represents that of real road and streets in a more realistic manner. Pedestrians and other road features are represented in a more realistic way.
Mike Bloomer – Great assistance
Mike Bloomer, a Technical leader within the development of the Virttex said just how vital the technology is into playing role with the development of future Ford technology. He said “Virttex plays an integral role in helping us develop future safety and driver assist technology, making it essential to keep the simulator current with the latest technology. Coupled with improvements in the resolution and brightness of the projection technologies, as well as improved imagery capabilities, we will be able to boost our capabilities to conduct active safety studies.”
The Virttex system greatly influenced the Ford Fusion in terms of the Lane Keeping System as well as the collision warning system which are set to make as new features.
Ford would also like to develop a study for early warning systems with the help of the Vittex. This may include forward collision warning before an accident occurs utilising radar based system. Avoiding the accident or minimising any potential damage is what Ford will be aiming for.