Technological advancement are being witnessed each and every day. It also touches each and every sector. Simulation is one of the many advancements of technology that are in use today. Simulation is a process whereby systems and process in the real world are represented using a special programs. The process of simulation will in most of the cases involve development of the models representing the object to be simulated. Simulation will also mimic the characteristics of simulated object. The functions, behavior and the physical properties of the object should also be the same. There are many areas where simulation is applied today. Driving industry is a good example of such an area.
In driving, simulation is used for a number of reasons. One of the reasons is the need to train the drivers. Training of the bus and truck drivers is the major application of simulation in driving. A large number of institutes which trainee drivers have assumed the use of simulators during the process of training. The simulators may also be used to undertake the driver related research. With regard to this, monitoring of the drivers as they driver may be done using the simulators. The performance of a driver may also be evaluated through simulation. The performance in this case be on fuel consumption. The drivers’ attention may also be checked using the driving simulators.
There are different types driving simulators that are in use today. The most common simulators that are in use today are the bus simulators, the car simulators, truck simulators and the train simulators. The application of simulation in driving has lead to a number of advantages. One of the advantages associated with simulation in driving is that it imparts applicable skills to the drivers. This is so because the driver will consistently put the driving skills in practice, which is not the case when the driver on a real road with a car. By putting driving skills on a simulator, a driver will get experience within no time. This then increases the efficiency of the training process.
The evaluation of a driver especially after training is possible with driving simulators. These evaluations are usually reliable compared to the traditional mode of training. The student result will also be produced automatically. The various aspects of driving therefore becomes easy to evaluate.
Driver training using simulation makes the whole process of training similar to all the students. With this, the training content will be similar to all the students. A good example of such a content that will be similar across all the students may the shifting of gears. The driving simulation makes the whole process of training less costly. This is because there will be less hours of training in the real road.