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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 driving environment.

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.End of Article

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James Webster,

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.
Kind regards
James Webster

catherine scott,

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.

Blaise,

SIMURIDE HOME EDITION has bought a huge change in the way of learning driving.
It enables you to learn driving without making any kind of accident or life taking actvities.
You can just sit comfortably in front of it and can learn driving very easily with the knowledge of every road rules.
As the great celebration coming towadrs you people must be thinking to give the most valuable present to your closest's in a very affordable price.
Looking forward to your thoughts SIMURIDE HOME EDITION makers brought a huge oppurtinity for you.
Before a few days this product was $75 worthy for only the SIMURIDE HOME EDITION.
But now they are giving a CD containing road rules along with the SIMURIDE HOME EDITION pricing $25 in the same price $75.
At a side the SIMURIDE HOME EDITION is the most valuable product for learning driving, again it is giving a huge opportunity to you to have the worth of $100 by giving only $75.
Believe me it is the formost worthy product for you to give your family members and relatives.
And the biggest advantage is it is in your budget.
But make sure you have to do hurry,because the stock of this SIMURIDE HOME EDITION with a CD containing ROAD RULES is very limited.
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David Rogers,

The Profiler software is Left hand drive only - judging by ythe screenshots on their website. Not much use in South Africa or UK.
If you don't mind that you can order online. US$99 for 10 tests - unlimited practice.
http://www.profiler-vr.com/

Dan L Nkosi,

How do i obtain Profiler for students in a school in South Africa to learn to drive.

SALIM,

REALLY HELPING

tpowers8@cox.net,

Do your know of driver trainung simultors in the Denve' CO area

Thanks, Tom Powers

amine,

i want to drive a car

Najilah,

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!

driving schoollondon,

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

Patrick,

Is there a PC or PS3 based program that can help a person learning to drive for the first time practice at home????

julien,

if you are looking for a driving simulation software dedicated for training, based on more than 10 years of R&D for engineering and research communities, you should think about SCANeR software. http://www.scanersimulation.com

the software has been purchased by many driver training centers all over the world.

you will be able to create your own scenario, your own 3D environment, your own evaluation.

it is possible to put several drivers in the same simulation, like that they can interact all together...

if you want to create your own simulator, or link the software with external software, the SCANeR software is provided with a dev kit (API).

http://www.scanersimulation.com

mashhour shahwan,

we are looking for simulator for our training centre in jordan kindly send us details at our email dtcm@racj.com

andrei,

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.

andreialeksander@yahoo.co.uk

mohammed sharief,

Drivers Tranning Program

WAZZUPMYBROTHER?,

WHERE IS DOWLOADING THING!!! I WANT DIS!!!

JoeChen,

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 : exports@jtceduhk.com

A.Dominic Savio,

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 , cruzdom@yahoo.co.in

lisa,

you should make one for xbox360.

bryan,

I'm a pro driver /over the road .can u send me more info on how this system works at gillian_bryanmcdilda@msn.com

SCANeR,

dont hesitate to visit our website http://www.scanersimulation.com

the software is used all over the world by so many universities, research centers, and driver training institute.

for sure, you will find the right configuration software that will fit your need.

dont hesitate to go on our website http://www.scanersimulation.com

udaman,

I NEED SIMULATION

rkcy3008,

win98 drivers fro acer aspire 4710

MIKE RAHMAN,

I HAVE FREEWAY DRIVING DISCOMFORT, I NEED THIS SOFTWARE TO DESENSETIZE MYSELF, HELP

Tosin,

Hi,

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: tosinadegbuyi@yahoo.co.uk Regards.

DK,

Thanks Bart for the links to driver simulation web sites. It's very valuable

kamah,

i know a downlodabal can i dont know if it will help it called squadinteractive.com but it only gives you 4 levels in the game and you must but it,

Bart,

Hi
Have a look at http://www.inrets.fr/ur/sara/Pg_simus_e.html for a overview of driving simulator systems.
Most of these systems are a bit more than just a PC+screen. General idea seems to be that you need a wide field of view (scanning, intersections)and a decent interface (wheel, pedals, indicators etc in the correct position) to learn how to drive

josh,

im 15 years old i live in california and i just got my learners pemit im happy

Admin,

Sciberras

Check out www.Viragesimulation.com and
http://www.doronprecision.com/novice.html

sciberras,

Hi,I have a driving school and I want to buy a driving simulator.can you help me pls? emal: sherwood@onvol.net
Thanks

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 cdp@geosim.com.au.

Thank you very much

sunil bhadbhade,

may i get the price of profiler along with his address

Typhani,

Hello I just am wondering is there one that works that ou can download it and play? please email me at typhanismith21@gmail.com thanks

Admin,

Have to try this. It's a race game but could have all kinds of neat uses.

Aaron,

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.

Aaron.

Admin,

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.

helen,

how can i go bout purchase

Linda,

Everyone seems to be asking the SAME question.
WHERE DO WE PURCHASE THIS?
Please let us know.
Thank you.

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look up omgwow.com XD

GRACE,

is there any software for logictech g25 which can be used in driving school

sjeffery,

I too am looking for a PC based driving simulator. Can anyone point me to one that works? Thanks, Steve

julz,

no comment

Jeff Beacham,

I am interested in a driving simulator for my daughters to practice on. Is there a trial version of this available?

jeff,

how do u try the simulator? plz tell me thanks

Deirdre,

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helen,

i am looking for driving simulation software that will work on my pc - where can i get it

Antonius,

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

Pierro Hirsch,

For information regarding driving simulation, visit viragesimulation.com

Tom,

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

Harry,

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?

Jeanette,

regarding the above question,to answer me personally please email elsker_soz@hotmail.com
thanks

Jeanette,

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?

ben,

where can the software be download/purchased? Is it compatible with logitech's new G25?

ron,

is it easy to drive

Benethus,

Hi There

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...


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