Handbook of Driving Simulation for Engineering, Medicine, and Psychology

1st Edition

Donald L. Fisher, Matthew Rizzo, Jeffrey Caird, John D. Lee

CRC Press
Published April 25, 2011
Reference - 752 Pages - 16 Color & 193 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781420061000 - CAT# 61003

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  • Defines the role of driving simulators in regional, national, and international safety efforts
  • Includes results of key driving simulator studies
  • Contains discussions of the scenarios and dependent variables critical for analysis
  • Provides research on diver simulation, applications, and policy in engineering, medicine, and psychology
  • Examines simulator adaptation syndrome, fidelity of the virtual environment, cross-platform comparisons among different simulators, development of standard scenarios for testing and training, and transfer of effects to the real world


Effective use of driving simulators requires considerable technical and methodological skill along with considerable background knowledge. Acquiring the requisite knowledge and skills can be extraordinarily time consuming, yet there has been no single convenient and comprehensive source of information on the driving simulation research being conducted around the world. A how-to-do-it resource for researchers and professionals, Handbook of Driving Simulation for Engineering, Medicine, and Psychology brings together discussions of technical issues in driving simulation with broad areas in which driving simulation is now playing a role.

The chapters explore technical considerations, methodological issues, special and impaired populations, evaluation of in-vehicle and nomadic devices, and infrastructure evaluations. It examines hardware and software selection, visual database and scenario development, independent subject variables and dependent vehicle, environmental, and psychological variables, statistical and biostatistical analysis, different types of drivers, existing and future key-in vehicle devises, and validation of research.

A compilation of the research from more than 100 of the world's top thinkers and practitioners, the book covers basic and advanced technical topics and provides a comprehensive review of the issues related to driving simulation. It describes literally hundreds of different simulation scenarios, provides color photographs of those scenarios, and makes available select videos of the scenarios on an accompanying web site, all of which should prove essential for seasoned researchers and for individuals new to driving simulation.


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