The National Advanced Driving Simulator: I was going to post this as a comment to Deane’s last article, but I thought it deserved it’s own post. The University of Iowa (my alma mater) has the mother of all driving simulators — NADS.
NADS resembles something NASA would use to train astronauts, but instead they use it to make our roads and vehicles safer. I’ll be down there next weekend. Maybe I should take a tour.
The NADS facility is comprised of a controlled access, high-bay area that houses the device, the Simulation Development Module (SDM), an operator control room, and a large cab storage and preparation area. These technical resources are within yards of three participant preparation and briefing rooms and a fully equipped medical room used for studies that require examinations, drug administrations or participant monitoring.
It’s understandable that Iowa State wouldn’t have anything this cool. Sorry Deane, this one won’t fit in your basement.