Hi-tech driving simulator for Lincolnshire Police

Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership’s Life Skills Academy is using a
state-of-the-art simulation system to supplement its civilian and
emergency services driving courses.

Jul 1, 2010
By Paul Jacques
NFRN national president Narinder Randhawa

Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership’s Life Skills Academy is using a state-of-the-art simulation system to supplement its civilian and emergency services driving courses.

The academy offers a range a courses to improve driving skills within the region. In particular, it covers young and novice drivers, offending motorists and skid control. The new XPDS simulator from XPI Simulation will have a real car located in the centre of 360-degree projected images. The quality of the images and sound effects convince the driver that he is on a real road as he carries out a number of exercises.

A unique feature of this simulator is that it can operate in two modes. The first comprises a large number of important road safety lessons but an advanced mode will be available for expert drivers, such as police and other emergency service drivers. The advanced mode will present much more difficult and unpredictable scenarios, using artificial intelligence to control the other cars – and that includes all the frustrating and unexpected responses blue light drivers are likely to encounter.

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