A driver training simulator that works
By: Drivers.com staff
Date: Wednesday, 16. August 2006
How good are simulators that run on the home computer?
The answer, of course, depends on the quality of the computer program. Some are little more than games. Others, especially in these days when steering
wheels and joysticks provide positive feedback, convey a distinct feeling of
reality and can serve as a useful adjunct to training programs. Many private
pilots, for example, have benefited greatly in the early stages of their training
from Microsoft Simulator and other similar software programs.
One of the latest driving simulators that is far more than a game is Profiler,
jointly developed by SouthPeak Interactive, SAS Institute, and Profile Associates.
Profiler, in fact, is an interactive software program to evaluate and train
drivers. It's a diagnostic tool that measures decision-making skills, scanning
abilities, and reaction times while maneuvering the trainee through a realistic
In the words of a company representative: "Profiler provides a low-cost solution
to driver training that produces visible results in the driver's performance
on the job."
Minimum requirements are a Pentium II computer, preferably with 64 megabytes
of RAM, running Windows 95 or 98. The program also requires any direct input,
force feedback steering wheel with accelerator and brake pedals.
A measure of the program's sophistication is that it can assess the scanning
abilities of drivers by measuring how they react to various objects as they
appear in various positions on the screen. While much of the pioneering work
was done with the law enforcement sector, the program's promoters see great
opportunities in driver education among teenage drivers and the trucking industry.
The program got its start with funding from the U.S. National Institute of
Health. During the development work, highway patrol cadets were used as experimental
subjects and the data gained from their reactions in the lab were compared
with data gathered on a real-life test track.
"Profiler is being used by more and more people, especially people who study
and teach driving. The more data we gather, the better we'll understand how
people drive-and eventually we'll save lives," a spokesperson said.
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This Seems to good to be true.
I have a grand daughter who is now about 17 years of age.
She has a problem with steering. I am trying to find a PC Program that might help herb with out breaking the bank.
Can you help please.
I think this would be a creditable training device for seniors. It could be used not only to measure decision-making skills, scanning abilities, and reaction times but as well as to sharpen these skills through simulated training.
Dan L Nkosi,
How do i obtain Profiler for students in a school in South Africa to learn to drive.
Do your know of driver trainung simultors in the Denve' CO area
Thanks, Tom Powers
Hey guys Im only like 10 and I love your simulator games but I have to buy it =( I played the Driving School thing It was so fun untill they said something about the demo is over so I thinking about getting it IDK I thought it might be in Gamestop so I might just find it and buy it if my mom or dad buy me one. anyways I hope u guys read this and HELP ME OUT!
Hi,thanks for sharing the information regarding to simulator.I read the features provided by this simulator and I,m very impressed by it.I'll learn the driving in Driving school london
Is there a PC or PS3 based program that can help a person learning to drive for the first time practice at home????
we are looking for simulator for our training centre in jordan kindly send us details at our email firstname.lastname@example.org
driving simulation programme for public transport in London UK (buses).all routes,traffic lights and so on.where can I purchase or download something like this? could anybody help please.
WHERE IS DOWLOADING THING!!! I WANT DIS!!!
for real Time Driving Trainer Simulator Hardware with software. its not only teach rules also how to drive in different Environmental situation. gives Historical Fault report of your drive with simulator
contact : email@example.com
Hi It's really nice to hear it. we are looking for a driving simulator for long time at last we got it here.we are planing to purchase simulator pls can u send me adetails regarding this simulator. we are owening a driving institute. pls kindly help us to purchase one. my mail id s , firstname.lastname@example.org
you should make one for xbox360.
I'm a pro driver /over the road .can u send me more info on how this system works at email@example.com
win98 drivers fro acer aspire 4710
I HAVE FREEWAY DRIVING DISCOMFORT, I NEED THIS SOFTWARE TO DESENSETIZE MYSELF, HELP
My 3D-driving school 5.1 software is not working fine with my Logitech G25 steering wheel. Can you help me or recommend a better driving trainer software to me? email: firstname.lastname@example.org Regards.
Thanks Bart for the links to driver simulation web sites. It's very valuable
im 15 years old i live in california and i just got my learners pemit im happy
Hi,I have a driving school and I want to buy a driving simulator.can you help me pls? emal: email@example.com
Charles du plessis,
I live in Australia and am very interested in assessing the Profiler driving software, does anyone know where we can purchase a copy. my e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you very much
may i get the price of profiler along with his address
Hello I just am wondering is there one that works that ou can download it and play? please email me at email@example.com thanks
Have to try this. It's a race game but could have all kinds of neat uses.
There is a game called Midtown Madness 2 (Don't let the name trick you). It has a feature called Cruise, which allows you to drive around two decent size maps of San Francisco and London. These maps allow the driver to be in traffic situations; which include Traffic Lights, Roundabouts and Stop/Yield signs.
It is a release from Microsoft Game Studios and you can use the game with a Force Feedback Steering wheel.
Since the game has been out for a few years, it is very cheap to purchase.
May I stress that it is not a Learning simulator, its more of a realistic driving simulator.
As far as we know there is no good driving simulator for your desktop PC.
There are good flight simulators out there, but its a lot easier to make a flight simulator than a driving simulator.
how can i go bout purchase
Everyone seems to be asking the SAME question.
WHERE DO WE PURCHASE THIS?
Please let us know.
is there any software for logictech g25 which can be used in driving school
I too am looking for a PC based driving simulator. Can anyone point me to one that works? Thanks, Steve
I am interested in a driving simulator for my daughters to practice on. Is there a trial version of this available?
how do u try the simulator? plz tell me thanks
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WE ARE LOOKING FOR WINDOWS 98 2ND EDITION DRIVERS FOR A HP 530 LAPTOP MODEL NO GJ269AA.
i am looking for driving simulation software that will work on my pc - where can i get it
I am a police doctor dealing with traffic medicine, I am looking for a driving simulation program that fit to personal computer or another simple computer hardware. I hope to have any information about this...Thanks
Hi. Well I am very interested in this software. Where can I possibly find this product? Please email me at brandoninthalangsy @yahoo.ca Thank you
I am I driver ed instructor. May I receive more info on this? I have new computer and steering wheel w/ pedals. What do I need to get this software?
regarding the above question,to answer me personally please email firstname.lastname@example.org
I wish to learn how to drive, I am a 40 year old female living in South Austrlia, I never learnt to drive as a teen and was hoping to practice at home on the pc before even taking to the streets. Does anyone know of a driving instructor simulator or a driver learner instrctor simulator programme?
where can the software be download/purchased? Is it compatible with logitech's new G25?
I am a namibian. I am concerned with increasing accidents on our national roads. Driveways aren't as safe as it used to be in the past.
I wish I could contribute to implementing better
solutions to road safety by introducing a drive simulator as to allow young and unexperienced drivers to practice on and build up their confidance...