Worried about your teenager driving a car? They can learn for free on UB’s driving simulator
Release Date: July 19, 2013
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Attention parents with teenagers learning to drive.
Starting in early August and continuing indefinitely, the University at Buffalo will offer teens 10 hours of free practice in its state-of-the-art driving simulation lab.
To qualify, teens must:
- Not have driver’s license (A learner’s permit is OK.)
- Have reliable transportation to and from UB’s North Campus
- Obtain permission from a parent or guardian.
“Unfortunately, the leading cause of death for 16- to 19-year-olds is traffic accidents,” said project manager Kevin Hulme, PhD, senior research associate at the New York State Center for Engineering Design and Industrial Innovation at UB.
He added: “Programs like this can help reverse that trend, provide much-needed behind-the-wheel practice for young drivers and generate invaluable data about teenage driving habits that can help reduce moving violations, accidents and fatalities over time.”
Teens will receive five, two-hour sessions that mimic driving on local roads. UB researchers, meanwhile, will collect data for future scientific reports.
Using equipment donated by Moog Inc. of East Aurora, the lab provides a safe environment for participants to learn the basics of safely handling an automobile.
It features the front end of a car mounted on a platform that moves up and down, and from side-to-side, to simulate how a car reacts to turns, changes in elevation and other road conditions. Large projection screens display street signs, pedestrians, automobiles and other elements that drivers encounter. A stereo sound system emulates noises heard inside and outside of the vehicle.
To see a video of the lab, click here: http://bit.ly/1dHy5sG.
The lab will be open on days, evenings and weekends to accommodate the schedules of those participating. It is located at 107 Furnas Hall (building No. 39 on this map: http://www.buffalo.edu/buildings/maps/NorthCampus.pdf) on UB’s North Campus.
For more information or to enroll, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (716) 462-4836.
Note: Training offered in the driving simulation lab complements – it does not replace – traditional programs and methods that teenagers use to learn to drive.