Aims Community College is working on a plan to purchase a driving simulator that could be used to train everyone from police officers to 15-year-old rookie drivers.
The director of Aims’ Continuing Education division, Dick Woods, said he hopes to form partnerships with the community to pay for the $100,000 simulator. Aims invited potential contributors for a demonstration last week at its Corporate Education Center, 5590 11th St. in Greeley. Officials from the Weld County Commission, Greeley City Council, Union Colony Fire Department and the Colorado State Patrol crowded into the simulator’s 29-foot trailer for a peek.
Aims Community College could have a driving simulator made by MPRI Ship Analytics, a division of L3 Communications, on campus by June. At a recent presentation, instructors demonstrated a version called the PatrolSim III. Here are a few features:
- Instructors can alter driving scenarios to train drivers on snow, ice, heavy rain, or to send cars or pedestrians into the driver’s path. Instructors can even set up scenarios in which drivers must choose between hitting a dog or a child on a bike.
- A Ship Analytics statistician will collect and analyze data from Weld County traffic accidents for free. The information can then be used to highlight problem areas and create simulator scenarios tailored to the county’s needs.
- Driving scenes resemble virtual reality video games with enough detail that drivers can read the headlines in newspapers in roadside racks.
- One feature delays the response of the simulator’s brakes and steering, giving drivers a feel for the delayed reaction caused by driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
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