Technological advancement are being witnessed each and every day. Every sector is has also been influenced by technology growth. One of the technological developments is simulation. Simulation may be defined as imitation of real-world process or a system and representing them in a computer program. Usually, simulation will require developing of the model of the object being simulated. Simulation will also mimic the characteristics of simulated object. The functions, behavior and the physical properties of the object should also be the same. The process of simulation is applied in various areas currently. One of the areas where simulation is being applied is driving industry.
The application of simulation in driving is attached to a number of motives. The need to train the drivers is a good example of why simulation is applied in driving sector. Training of the bus and truck drivers is the major application of simulation in driving. Most of the driving training instates have adopted this training approach. The simulators may also be used to undertake the driver related research. A good example in this case is when the process of simulation is used to monitor the behavior of a driver during driving. 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.
Simulators that are used in the driving sector are of different types. 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. Through the driving simulators, a driver is able to get driving skills which are more relevant. This is because the driver is practicing regularly as compared to having a real car on the road. By putting driving skills on a simulator, a driver will get experience within no time. The efficiency of training the drivers then increases.
After every lesson during training, it is possible to evaluate the driver. With evaluations from simulators, reliability of training is enhanced as contrasted to the old training methods. The production of results are also automatically produced. The various aspects of driving therefore becomes easy to evaluate.
With driving simulators, the driver training becomes homogeneous. Every student will in this case receive similar content during the driving training. A content such as shifting of the car gears will be similar. The process of training also becomes inexpensive where simulation is applied. The reason behind this is that there will be less time spent on while training the student on real road.