Limit handling in a driving simulator


The purpose of this work has been to investigate how the driving simulator performs at the handling limit of a vehicle and improve its function so that the simulator feels and behaves more like a real vehicle when driving on the limit. Tests were performed with a Volvo S40, the same vehicle model for which the driving simulator vehicle dynamics model is based upon. Based on these test results the vehicle model that is currently used in VTI’s driving simulator III was modified in order to better simulate vehicle characteristics when driving on the handling limit. A method for validation of handling characteristics was developed. The method is based on the double lane change manoeuvre, and comprise a subjective and an objective part. The method was regarded to work well, and the validation tests showed that the modified vehicle model closer captures the understeer and time lag properties of a real Volvo S40 compared to the original model. Still, additional improvements need to be made before the model can be regarded as fully useful for on-the-limit driving situations.



Millions for research into maritime transport and the environment

Maritime transport is a major source of emissions of harmful air pollutants and carbon dioxide. In a new project, a research team from the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) and the University of Gothenburg has received SEK 6.4...


New research programme for more efficient travel

The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) is playing an important role in a major new research programme to find radical solutions leading to fewer trips and more efficient travel, along with tools to enable better use of roads and...


Simulator used to practice emergency responses safely

Emergency responses of the police, ambulance, and rescue services are associated with a high risk of accidents, but practicing them in real traffic is neither safe nor permissible. A simulator-based method developed by the Swedish National Road and Transport...


Simulation of cut-in by manually driven vehicles in platooning scenarios

A study in a VTI-driving simulator has showed that a platoon will be able to handle a cut in from a manually driven car. The results of this study have recently been presented at two conferences in Japan.



The five-year anniversary of European Road Profile Users' Group (ERPUG) Forum will take place at Ramboll head quarter, Copenhagen, Denmark October 19-20, 2017.


Self-driving buses in Sweden next year?

A self-driving, fossil-free bus. This idea might become reality through a forthcoming collaborative project involving the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI), Linköping University and several other participants. The project group aim...