TRL has completed work to fully automate its DigiCar driving simulator, to support its research into the human response to automation and its general acceptance by the driving population.
TRL has developed the software required to enable DigiCar to run as a partially or fully automated vehicle as and when required.
Dr Nick Reed, principal human factors researcher at TRL, said: “We are delighted to have completed this development using a flexible web-based platform to enable partial or full automation of DigiCar.
“This opens the potential for a range of studies to investigate how automation of the driving task will affect driver behaviour and how transitions between vehicle automation modes are understood by drivers.”
TRL describes DigiCar as a “sophisticated research tool to understand driver behaviours and reactions to environments both within the vehicle itself and outside”.
Click here to see a video demonstration of TRL’s DigiCar operating in different automated modes.