Virtual Distracted and Impaired Driving Simulators
What is it?
The Virtual Distracted/Impaired Driving Simulator allows participants a first-person account of the real-life consequences of distracted or impaired driving. In the Distracted option, participants maneuver their virtual vehicle through various on-screen scenarios while text messaging with the computer's program. With the Impaired option, the simulator responds to driver commands with an approximate ½ second delay, which demonstrates the delayed reactions of an impaired driver.
The simulator consists of a flat-screen computer monitor, a steering wheel, and a pedal assembly. The distraction and impairment programs are Virtual Driver Interactive, Inc. One Simple Decision software (http://www.driverinteractive.com/underthehood.pdf).
Who’s it for?
MDOT has two Virtual Distracted/Impaired Driving Simulators which are available for demonstration at schools attended by students in grades seven and up, and for various safety events.
How do I request it for my event?
There is no charge associated with demonstrations; however, we do have a few limitations. Below is some general information for those hoping to schedule a demonstration:
· Since the equipment consists of sensitive electronic components, demonstrations must be held indoors, or under pre-approved shelter. Requests for outdoor demonstrations will be taken on a case by case basis.
· The simulators have their own specialized tables on which they are placed, but we do require two chairs be provided for each simulator.
· We must have access to electricity (a standard 110 wall outlet) within 50 feet of the simulator.
· Demonstrations work best with smaller groups (approximately 20-50 people). Requests for larger groups will be considered on a case by case basis.
· “Driving” the course takes between two and four minutes per participant. The simulation offers a consequence-video sequence at the end of each driving simulation which takes an additional 5 minutes. If there are time constraints, we are able to pause the consequence sequence and show that portion only once, as the “finale” after all participants have driven the course.
· It is recommended that Virtual Simulator demonstrations be scheduled at least one month in advance; however, certain times of the year are extremely popular and available dates can go quickly. So, the earlier you call, the better.
Interested in scheduling the Virtual Distracted/Impaired Driving Simulator(s) for your event? Please contact us at SurviveYourDrive@mdot.ms.gov.