Testing in the real-world comes with a host of safety concerns about what happens if a self-driving car gets it wrong, the virtual though doesn’t come with the same concerns. While it might not be as accurate a representation of the real world, it’s undoubtedly safer.
Engineers at Volvo are taking this to heed and have developed a driving simulator designed to improve autonomous vehicle technologies.
Perhaps the most interesting part, is that Volvo is using the latest gaming tech to bring its simulator to life.
The simulator has a moving driving seat, steering wheel with haptic feedback, and a VR headset. Apparently, it’s hard to tell it apart from reality. It also uses an engine from Unity that’s usually used to design video games.