ROYAL OAK — Realtime Technologies, a part of Arotech Corp.’s Training and Simulation Divison, said Friday that it had delivered and installed a new open cockpit vehicle simulator to Western Michigan University’s Department of Civil and Construction Engineering.
Realtime Technologies worked with WMU professor Valerian Kwigizile on the delivery of the simulator and training of him and his staff. Kwigizile’s research interests include transportation modeling and planning, motorized traffic safety, simulation and operations, non-motorized traffic safety and operation, application of intelligent transportation systems, air quality analysis, GIS application in transportation engineering and transit safety and operations.
WMU will use the driving simulator in its Transportation Research Laboratory, led by Kwigizile, to study the interaction between drivers and roadway infrastructure. Studies on human behaviors as well as new designs of roadway geometry will be conducted.
Western Michigan University, with an enrollment of nearly 25,000, is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a university with high research activity, WMU offers more than 240 degree programs, including 30 at the doctoral level. It attracts students from every state in the union and 95 other nations. In addition to the main campus in Kalamazoo, WMU has seven regional locations in Michigan, one of which is in Royal Oak.
Realtime Technologies delivered a new open cockpit vehicle simulator, the features of this simulator include passive steering and pedals, projected dash, 180 degree FOV LCD in a open cockpit single seat configuration. Realtime Technologies has provided 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.
Founded in 1998, RTI is based in Royal Oak, Michigan and has a satellite office in South Jordan, Utah.
Arotech’s Training and Simulation Division develops, manufactures, and markets advanced high-tech multimedia and interactive digital solutions for engineering, use-of-force, and driver training simulations for military, law enforcement, security, municipal and private industry personnel. The division’s fully interactive driver-training systems feature state-of-the-art vehicle simulator technology enabling training in situation awareness, risk analysis and decision-making, emergency reaction and avoidance procedures, and conscientious equipment operation. The division’s use-of-force training products and services allow organizations to train their personnel in safe, productive, and realistic environments. The division provides consulting and developmental support for engineering simulation solutions. The division also supplies pilot decision-making support software for the F-15, F-16, F-18, and JSF aircraft, as well as simulation models for the ACMI/TACTS air combat training ranges.
Arotech’s Training and Simulation Division consists of FAAC Inc. (www.faac.com) and its divisions IES Interactive Training (www.ies-usa.com), and Realtime Technologies (www.simcreator.com).
Arotech Corp. (Nasdaq: ARTX) provides defense and security products for the military, law enforcement and homeland security markets, including multimedia interactive simulators and trainers and advanced zinc-air and lithium batteries and chargers. Arotech operates through two major business divisions: Training and Simulation, 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. For more information on Arotech, visit http://www.arotech.com.