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Honda Selling Advanced Auto Driving Simulator

Aviation-like motion technology comes to driver training.

by on Mar.05, 2010

Adding motion and big screens makes the Honda auto driving simulator more "real."

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. this week began sales in Japan of an all-new automobile driving simulator developed for the purpose of traffic safety education.

Building on an existing simulator, the graphic capability was improved to provide more detailed and precise instructions. A newly adopted high-definition 42-inch LCD display allows trainees to experience a sense of driving that is said to be closer to real-world conditions, including “Night,” “Fog” and “Highway” modes.

The driver is given advice on how to ensure safe driving in potentially dangerous situations that have a high possibility of occurring in the real world.

Honda developed the automobile simulator as a traffic safety educational device that provides users a safe environment in which to experience the risks inherent to real-world traffic situations.

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Since it was first introduced in 2001, Honda has sold approximately 200 units of the automobile driving simulator in Japan and overseas. Current prices –depending on whether 2-axis motion or 6-axis motion is specified, range from $70,000-$106,000.

Honda also develops and sells motorcycle simulators globally, and bicycle simulators as well as a PC-based automobile driving simulator in Japan with the goal of improving drivers’ ability to predict risks and increase safety awareness for a wider range of people who operate mobility devices.