Technology keeps on growing. It also touches each and every sector. Simulation is one of the many advancements of technology that are in use today. Simulation may be defined as imitation of real-world process or a system and representing them in a computer program. One of the basics of simulation is the models which are meant to look like the object to be simulated. Simulation will also mimic the characteristics of simulated object. The process of simulation will also imitate the attributes such as the behaviors, physical features and the functions of the object that is to be simulated. The application of simulation is currently in many areas. One of these areas is driving.
In driving, simulation is used for a number of reasons. For example, it may be used 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. Still on driving, simulation may also be used for research. With regard to this, monitoring of the drivers as they driver may be done using the simulators. Another use of simulation in driving is performance appraisal of the driver. The performance in this case be on fuel consumption. The attention of the driver may also be monitored by the use of driving simulators.
There are different types driving simulators that are in use today. Such types may be the bus, train, car and the truck 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. The reason behind this is that, as contrasted to being on a road with a real car, the driver is able to reliably put skills into actions using simulation. Through simulation, a driver is able to apply all driving skills thereby acquiring experience in driving faster. The driving training process then becomes more efficient.
After every lesson during training, it is possible to evaluate the driver. The evaluations obtained from simulations are highly reliable and hence they beat the old modes of training. With driving simulation, the results of the student will be generated automatically. This allows easy evaluation of all aspects of driving.
Driver training using simulation makes the whole process of training similar to all the students. This means that every student will receive the same content of training. 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.