The DrivingMBA Technology Advantage
At DrivingMBA, we use some of the most advanced vehicle driving simulators available. The state-of-the-art technology in these machines helps ensure that you receive realistic and useful hands on training.
Everyone Should Learn to Drive in a Simulator, by Paula Vasan
“The risks are simulated, the benefits are real!”
In our simulators the focus is on traffic participation, traffic rules, learning to recognize and handle traffic signs in realistic high-density traffic situations. These are precisely the skills that require most time to learn during practice lessons on the road. Training in our simulators is much more efficient and effective compared to traditional in-car training.
There are a number of reasons for that:
Our simulator lessons have been developed in a way that effectively teaches the required behaviors. During the lessons, the simple traffic situations are taught first, but as the lessons progress traffic situations become more complex. This results in faster recognition of situations and hazards and a faster correct response to these.
On the roads, typically a multitude of different things require attention resulting in overload for beginner students. They have to attend to, and do, a number of things simultaneously which they may not have the skills for yet. Because of that, traditional training on the road is not as effective compared to training in a simulator. In the simulator skills are developed in a way that avoids overloading the student.
During a typical on-road lesson, teachable moments occur more or less randomly. The presentation of learning situations depends on coincidental occurrences of traffic and the route. In the simulator lessons however, a lot of situations with high learning value are encountered. Because of this, a simulator lesson has a guaranteed effectiveness for each student.
Simulator sessions have a playback option. Our instructor can playback a scenario and use it to “teach” a correct response to a situation. It is immediate feedback to a student and helps them develop critical decision making and judgement skills. Our instructor will coach the student how to better handle the situation and do the exercise again. This fast and systematic feedback increases the speed at which the student develops the necessary skills.
In a simulator the student trains in a safe environment with no stress. There can be significant consequences when making a mistake in a vehicle. In a simulator you learn from your mistakes with no consequences. This results in better learning: people learn when they are relaxed and feel safe.
The Beginner Driving Fundamentals Simulator:
Working with the National Advanced Driving Simulator Group of the University of Iowa, DrivingMBA has developed and implemented a new generation of driving simulator technology. This generation has vastly improved graphics, updated with modern roadways and a variety of vehicle choices. The driving world consists of over 30 square miles of fully drivable roads ranging from dirt roads to 8 lane freeways. Urban, rural, mountain, and residential areas are included. The driving cab is modeled after a Ford Focus, including an actual Ford steering wheel, turn signal stalk and windshield wiper controls. The seat, console, shift lever, hand brake, and accelerator and brake pedals are taken from an actual vehicle, providing an ergonomically correct driving experience. The first two simulators have been implemented in the Scottsdale office.
DrivingMBA also utilizes the SSI S-2300 Interactive Modular Driving Simulator at the Gilbert location. The fully proven SSI driving simulator gives new drivers a better foundation pertaining to the fundamentals of driving, even before they get behind the wheel on the open road. This simulator consists of a bucket seat with seat belt, three monitors, a steering wheel with correctly positioned controls, and a gas and brake pedal. The SSI driving simulator allows the students to experience the sensation of being in control behind the wheel, without putting themselves, other drivers or the vehicle at risk.
All Driving Fundamentals Simulation programs include:
- 2-lane and 4-lane driving
- Graduated difficulty with progressively more complex environments
- City streets/expressways
- Rural and urban scenarios
- Demonstrations of driving while impaired, in which the driver experiences the negative impact of Alcohol or drugs upon reaction time
Defensive Driving Skills Simulator:
DrivingMBA currently utilizes the L3 PatrolSim equipped with three state of the art wrap around screens, a steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the L3 driving simulator allows the driver to enter a virtual world, in which they are in complete control of the vehicle. The vehicle can be driven in a wide variety of road and traffic conditions. The instructor can manipulate the scenarios and parameters at any time during the driving session to help accommodate specific individual training objectives.
The L3 driving simulator is geared toward producing more comprehensively trained drivers and is the same equipment used by police, fire, and other emergency service groups, as well as drivers in the heavy trucking industry. The training has resulted in advanced skill development and substantial reductions in accident rates for trained personnel.