Royal Oak Firm To Install Vehicle Simulator

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Royal Oak-based Realtime Technologies, part of the Training and Simulation Division of Ann Arbor-based Arotech Corp. (Nasdaq: ARTX), said Tuesday that it had been selected to provide Oregon State University’s College of Engineering with an advanced motion based vehicle simulator. 

The university’s plans are to use the driving simulator in a variety of research projects. Transportation research at OSU primarily focuses on planning, operations, geometric design, and transportation safety with an emphasis on integrating all users into the transportation infrastructure. Current research activities include infrastructure technologies, intelligent transportation systems, transportation safety, accessible transportation systems and infrastructure, access management, sustainable transportation, transportation and congestion management, and traffic control assessment.

Funding for the project came from various Oregon state agencies as well as  federal sources such as the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, the Federal Highway Administration, and the Federal Transit Administration.

The full-cab moving-base research vehicle simulator will consist of a circular path that rotates about a horizontal axis located 60 inch from the motion path — basically a circular path on the circumference of a 60 inch radius circle. This causes the driver to sense a combined pitching motion and forward-rearward motion. Realtime Technologies will also provide its unique and powerful “SimVista” (scenario development tools) along with “SimCreator” (core vehicle simulation software) and “SimSimulator” (high fidelity vehicle model) for the university’s varied human factors research needs.

Other key components are the scenario control subsystem that includes autonomous traffic simulation, scripted events, relational behaviors and environmental controls. This subsystem also collects data and performs measurement functions of the simulator for research analysis.

The visual subsystem handles all real time visual rendering processes, including animated and static objects in the scene. This makes what the driver sees out the window seem very realistic. The visual component is able to render VRML or OpenFlight databases in real time. The audio software and hardware provide audio cues to match what the driver would expect under the conditions being simulated. Synthesized sounds include engine, wind, tire whine, and noise from other vehicles.

Realtime Technologies specializes in real time multibody vehicle dynamics, and graphical simulation and modeling. RTI offers simulation software applications, consulting, custom engineering, software, and hardware development. RTI’s customer base includes university researchers throughout the U.S. and Canada, international, government and private entities. Founded in 1998, RTI is based in Royal Oak and has a satellite office in South Jordan, Utah.

Arotech’s Training and Simulation Division consists of FAAC Incorporated (www.faac.com) and its divisions IES Interactive Training (www.ies-usa.com), as well as Realtime Technologies (www.simcreator.com). Arotech provides defense and security products for the military, law enforcement and homeland security markets, including multimedia interactive simulators and trainers, lightweight armoring and advanced zinc-air and lithium batteries and chargers. Arotech operates through three major business divisions: Training and Simulation, Armor, and Battery and Power Systems.

Arotech is incorporated in Delaware, with corporate offices in Ann Arbor, and research, development and production subsidiaries in Alabama, Michigan, and Israel. More at www.arotech.com.

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