HIT's full scale Driving Simulator has a 180° screen and it is based upon a real vehicle (SMART). It is used to study dangerous driving situations, which would not be safe to test in real traffic conditions like, for example, overtaking, driving under the influence of alcohol, or drugs, etc. The specialized software allows for the development of special driving scenarios, according to the purposes of each study. The direction and the speed of the vehicle can be freely chosen by the driver and the surrounding traffic includes up to 30 different types of vehicles – passenger cars, trucks, motorcycles and bicycles – which are always following the traffic rules. The behavior patterns may be modified, from very aggressive to extremely slow driving, the driver may choose from a variety of different driving environments. Additionally, there are specific software modules related to elderly, unskilled or drunk drivers’ behavior assessment.
All operational elements – steering wheel, accelerator pedal, brake pedal, gearshift lever and handbreak lever – provide nature-true force feedback so that the driver has the sense of real time driving. The motion device creates realistic motion of the car according to the operation of the simulated vehicle, the sound system generates original sounds according to the situation (engine start, engine noise, horn, tire sounds, drive wind, etc.). The simulator system includes five large screens surrounding the vehicle.