| Tokyo, April 17, 2001 -- Honda
Motor Co., Ltd. today announced that on June 18, 2001 it will introduce
an all-new automobile driving simulator with an advanced 6-axis motion base*1 (sway-motion
device) that closely approximates vehicle dynamics in real world situations
to provide driver trainees with instruction in safe driving techniques.
Honda has long supported safe driving environment through both the development
of product technologies and promotion of safe-driving programs. The automobile
driving simulator is Honda's second simulator product for safety education,
following the 1996 introduction of the first generation motorcycle riding
simulator. By providing simulated risk pattern experiences that are likely
to be encountered on the road, the new driving simulator aims to effectively
enhance drivers' ability to anticipate approaching dangers and improve overall
Potential applications of the new driving simulator include beginner training
at driving schools and safe driving education for employees who already
have their license, within companies seeking to promote safety.
Main features of the driving simulator
||The 6-axis motion base and a seat with vibration functions have
been adopted for the first time for the education of general drivers.
The 6-axis motion base system consists of a cockpit with 6 cylinders
activated by electric motors. The position and slant of the cockpit
can be flexibly changed (6 degrees of freedom) by expanding and contracting
the cylinders. These functions provide trainees an experience that
simulates real world driving feel for acceleration, deceleration and
||The CinemaScopic projection device ensures a wide field of vision
with high-quality images. Image processing was also applied to give
buildings and other background a more life-like appearance.
||The system accommodates training for both automatic transmission
(AT) and manual transmission (MT) driving, with the shift lever and
pedals for both AT and MT systems. The MT clutch pedal can be electronically
positioned or retracted.
||A compact, low-height configuration was achieved while still adopting
the 6-axis motion base system.
||6-axis motion base : A six-cylinder apparatus which can freely change
the position and slant of the cockpit through the expansion and contraction
of the cylinders (6 degrees of freedom), powered by an electric motor.
|Honda automobile driving simulator