Babcock International wants to continue to drive innovation in emergency service driver training for their customers. They required an innovative, flexible and high quality motion simulation system for emergency response drivers that would enable them to deliver efficient and effective “blue light” driving. SGIL developed the software for their driving simulator which includes miles of roads, AI driven traffic and pedestrians and enables instructors to inject hazards dynamically whilst recording and reporting performance. The London Fire Brigade are the first to get to use this new system which reduces the need to practice and assess on London’s busy streets.
SGIL dedicated a team of ten programmers and artists who built a highly responsive artificial intelligence based system that imitates the behaviour of other road users according to the actions of the delegate undertaking the training. Having modelled more than a hundred miles of roads typical throughout the UK, SGIL created a realistic and unique environment where delegates drive with lights and sirens realistically affecting the behaviour of AI controlled vehicles that may give way or become an obstacle. The motion platform and haptic feedback of the steering wheel were programmed based on the dynamics of the specific firefighting appliance (truck) in use with the London Fire Brigade. Routes were designed with Babcock’s emergency service driver expertise to provide a complete range of challenges, with different types of intersections, roads and hazards. Routes can be selected in any order which provides a unique and dynamic experience for each delegate’s learning and practice needs.
Babcock International estimates the simulator enables cutting assessment time in half with considerable savings in fuel and time for their customers. An independent study will be undertaken to determine how much more effective the training sessions are due the ability to inject multiple hazards that don’t always occur during live street based driver training.