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Driving simulator research

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A low-setting sun, rainy weather, the placement of road signs or a bad road infrastructure. Many factors influence our driving behaviour. Thanks to the driving simulator, we can examine the effects of physical, mental or visual limitations on our driving behaviour in a controlled experimental environment. We also investigate whether a (change in) road design or environment can stimulate positive driving behaviour. The driving simulator is a research tool we mainly use in the domains of road safety, behaviour and road design.

IMOB disposes of one large driving simulator and several small ones. Each driving simulator contains two main components: the driving unit and one or more screens. The driving unit is – like in a real car – equipped with a speedometer, a tachometer, a horn, indicators, pedals and a gearbox. Furthermore, driving a car in a driving simulator is comparable with driving a car on the road.

The test subject follows a route through a virtual town, which will be projected on one or more screens in front of the car. The projected route and the investigated components depend on what the researchers are interested in specifically.

Large simulator


Small simulator

The following researchers are part of the driving simulator research team

   Prof. dr. Tom Brijs
Head of research team driving simulator & road safety
  dr. Kris Brijs
Doctor-assistant road safety
  dr. Veerle Ross
Road safety
  dr. Ariane Cuenen
Road safety
  Karin Van Vlierden
  Ali Pirvadani
Prof. Road design and construction engineering
  Thomas Stieglitz
  Dirk Roox
    Hammad Awan
Ph. D. student road safety

Nora Reinolsmann
Ph. D. student road safety

Download projectinfo Project
  Traffic signs simulator
Optimisation and pre-testing of re-routing traffic signs at the Vilvoorde viaduct
  Simplification of traffic sign system of overall industrial zone 'logistics port Genk'
  Feasibility analysis concercing the creation of a centre for diagnosing and training of senior's driving ability
  Applicability of self-explaining roads in Flanders on the basis of driving simulator studies
  Unraveling the underlying mechanisms of risky driving among adolescants and strategies for training by means of simulated driving