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Topic # 23667 6-Jul-2008 13:54
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Hi

Does anyone know of any driving simulator games/sortware out there that might be suitable to help a learner driver come to grips with general driving and the road rules?

thanks

Tim

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  Reply # 143364 6-Jul-2008 15:36
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tims: Hi

Does anyone know of any driving simulator games/sortware out there that might be suitable to help a learner driver come to grips with general driving and the road rules?

thanks

Tim
It would be a great idea for an organisation like LTSA or AA to design & promote.

As far as games go on the market at present, most games are aimed at speed driving in its various formats eg. street racing (which I have no time for) & ones aimed at track or dirt racing. It would also depend the quality & accuracy of the hardware & software installed. There are differences between real & virtual driving. Also, the sofware games would need to be adjusted for issues like quick-rack steering etc. Quick-rack boxes have a greater turning ratio of the wheels compared to the steering wheel.

Originally designed for rallying so you did not have to over-correct the steering wheel by turning full revolutions in a drift, which is very difficult to constantly achieve.

These issues would not be a good idea for the novice to practise with if the intention is to get ready for pratical driving examinations etc.

I'm not familiar with the later games out, but the ones I'm used to would not be ideally practical for this purpose. Although, a lot of games do have street vehicles you can drive, the above would require adjusting for novice driving. Others may know of which games would be best. Also, you could contact LTSA/AA to see if they know of any that could work.




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  Reply # 145648 9-Jul-2008 19:20
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Yeah, how about Grand Theft Auto.. no.. sorry.. just kidding. Laughing

Seriously tho, I dont know about a game specifically, but a researcher Robert Isler at
Waikato University did some work on hazard identification where he recorded hundreds
of hours of in-car camera footage from various angles then superimposed them in a
mockup of a car-dashboard. I'm sure at the end of the project they actually released it
as a DVD for driver-training, and I guess to the LTSA or something similar.

check out this article:
  http://www.nzherald.co.nz/topic/story.cfm?c_id=308&objectid=10463666

and maybe try contacting Robert, he seemed very approachable from my experience
  http://www.waikato.ac.nz/wfass/staff/psyc/psyc2255

Dean

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