Constructing a low-cost ground-vehicle driving simulator at an airport

Constructing a low-cost ground-vehicle driving simulator at an airport

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Constructing a low-cost ground-vehicle driving simulator at an airport
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    NTL-AVIATION-Airports and Facilities ; NTL-AVIATION-Aviation Safety/Airworthiness ; NTL-AVIATION-Aviation Planning and Policy ;
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    Vehicle/pedestrian deviations (VPDs) occur due to many factors, such as the driver’s knowledge of airport layout, required communications, and other operational procedures. To address and create awareness of these issues, research has been conducted to explore the use of simulators in the driver training curriculum. Since training in a simulator, or virtual environment, has been found to be very helpful in learning complex routes as well as in spatial orientation and in assimilating signs and markings (Darken and Peterson, 2002), an initial investigation into making this technology more accessible to airports was needed. Previous work demonstrated the benefits of incorporating a high-fidelity driving simulator into ground vehicle drivers’ training (Chase and Hannon, 2006). Subsequent work showed that a low-cost simulator provided comparable benefits (Chase, 2006). This low-cost simulator was designed and built by staff at the John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center and was tested using ground vehicle operators from the Hanscom Field Airport (BED) in Bedford, Massachusetts. The results of training ground vehicle drivers with the low-cost simulator were positive with regard to navigational and spatial awareness issues. The purpose of the current work was to determine the feasibility of airport personnel building and implementing a customized, low-cost driving simulator (approximately $1,000 each). In particular, the project’s goal was to provide the information needed to build a low-cost simulator from the ground up.
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