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Bavaria's Emergency Driving Simulator

NCJ Number
Law and Order Volume: 53 Issue: 3 Dated: March 2005 Pages: 92-93,95,96
Jim Weiss; Mickey Davis
Date Published
March 2005
4 pages
This article describes Bavaria’s piloted emergency driving simulator under Bavaria’s police training program.
When involved in traffic accidents, police throughout Germany are doing poorly. In Bavaria, police trainers have begun a pilot program utilizing a driving simulator built by Rheinmetall Defence Electronics. It was created over a 1.5 year period in cooperation with the University of Wurzburg and experienced police officers of the Bavarian Police. Created by the simulator’s motion system, the simulator provides sensations of acceleration, braking, and cornering, as well as increased pitches in engine and traffic noises. In addition to the simulator, there are small classroom lessons in the form of Computer-Based Training providing exercises in recognizing dangerous driving situations for police car operators and theoretical driving lessons. The purpose of the simulator project is to go beyond the level of previous driver training. It demonstrates the types of mistakes the police car driver and drivers of other vehicles can make. The goal behind the simulator is to give the driver a realistic feeling of driving, especially in emergency situations and learning to drive without endangering themselves and others.