Vehicle Simulation: Perceptual Fidelity in the Design of Virtual Environments

Alfred T. Lee

© 2017 - CRC Press
Published November 8, 2017
Reference - 156 Pages - 9 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138094529 - CAT# K34871

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  • Offers a new paradigm for the design of virtual environments
  • Provides a wide array of evidence supporting the importance of perceptual fidelity
  • Presents the foundation of a new design process including the neuroanatomy of perception, the basic function of perceptual systems, and empirical evidence for the effects of variations in the design, on perceptual fidelity and perceptual behavior
  • Illustrates the means by which perceptual fidelity can be quantified and design components specified without resorting to trial and error development which is common today
  • Discusses methods necessary to quantify the contribution of individual perceptual cues to specific behaviors such as those involved in driving and flight


This book covers the problem of fidelity in the design of virtual environments with specific reference to the design of vehicle simulators. The default design goal has been on the physical replication of a given real-world environment and, in the case of vehicles, the specific appearance and function of vehicle components. This book discusses that perceptual, rather than physical, fidelity of a virtual environment, should be the design goal and the principal purpose is to produce human behavior. This book provides the rationale and design guidance to maximize perceptual fidelity in the development of virtual environments, and therefore maximize the costeffectiveness as well.


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