Deakin University in Victoria, Australia has opened the country’s most advanced driving simulator, at its Waurn Ponds campus. The $9 million Genesis simulator, supplied by UK company, Ansible Motion, is the only one of its type in Australia, and the only one in the world located at a university. The simulator is intended to provide advanced research and innovation opportunities for mobility technologies and industry sectors.
Deakin’s Genesis simulator offers an immersive simulation experience via a 360-degree, 5m-high screen and variable virtual worlds. The system’s high-fidelity graphics, sound and movement work together to create driving simulations and a user experience that are as realistic-feeling as possible.
Professor Saeid Nahavandi, pro vice-chancellor for defence technologies at Deakin University and director of the university’s Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI), said the Genesis Simulator would help enable research and innovation partnerships with companies and industry bodies across the automotive, emergency services, transport and health sectors.
“Opportunities for advanced research and innovation with our new Genesis simulator include improving driver safety and training, automotive testing and design, fast-tracking transport prototyping, self- driving, and autonomous mobility research,” stated Nahavandi.