Interactive driving simulator, and methods of using same

  • US 8,016,595 B2
  • Filed: 02/12/2004
  • Issued: 09/13/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/14/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An interactive driving simulation apparatus for teaching a student operator how to operate a two-wheeled vehicle on a simulated road, wherein said apparatus allows the student operator to simulate driving a two-wheeled vehicle, wherein said apparatus is operable to display a virtual environment as a screen image on a display unit based on a real-time driving routine of a simulated vehicle by the student operator, and wherein said apparatus is capable of recording a driving route sequence and replaying the driving route sequence on said display unit after the real-time driving routine is completed, said driving simulation apparatus comprising:

  • a selector which automatically selects performance evaluation comments from a stored plurality of comments based on operator input in a simulated driving route sequence, by a driving operation of the student operator in a driving route sequence determined in advance in a running route upon the driving simulation apparatus,wherein the display unit comprises a screen which simultaneously displays;

    a simulated operating environment comprising simulated city driving including two-way traffic flow and intersections with side roads, andsuperimposed written text of performance evaluation comments when the driving route sequence is replayed on said display unit,wherein said performance evaluation comments are determined solely on the basis of input from the student operator as interpreted by an electronic controller,wherein said performance evaluation comments are provided to aid the student operator in assessing current skills so that the student operator can improve his or her driving skills, andwherein said performance evaluation comments are phrases which aid the student operator in improving his or her driving skills.

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