Resources and Tools at DRI

DRI has a wide range of test equipment and facilities that are used to support our customer’s research. Browse or click the links below to see the following tools and resources:

Driving Simulators

Interactive, driver-in-the-loop, large display driving simulators, useful to support vehicle and component development, and for studies of driver behavior and the effect of roadway parameters. These include a research grade moving-base driving simulator and a fixed-base driving simulator. The DRI Moving Base Driving Simulator is one of only a few in the world in its class.

The DRI Guided Soft Target

The DRI Guided Soft Target (GST) test system was developed for the evaluation of safety related Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Automated Driving Systems. The GST system comprises a hardened, satellite guided (DGPS), self-propelled Low Profile Robotic Vehicle (LPRV, pictured above) which serves as a means of conveyance for a variety of surrogate targets which acts as a realistically moving collision partner, such as the Soft Car 360.


The LPRV, with a top speed of over 50 mph (80 km/h) and braking capabilities of up to 0.8g, is capable of performing most maneuvers that a passenger car can accomplish, allowing it to be used as a surrogate in many different types of scenarios.

Automatic Vehicle Controllers

Specified, designed, fabricated, installed and used by DRI on a variety of vehicles for handling, maneuvering, stability, and braking tests. This includes AVC’s for automobiles, pickup trucks, SUVs, all terrain vehicles, and motorcycles.

Minter Test Facility

Proving Ground Measurement Device

A pickup truck – trailer combination that can make pavement friction measurements using either a braked tire at zero lateral slip angle, or a free rolling tire at a fixed lateral slip angle.

Impact Test Lab

Including 6 meter monorail helmet impactor for helmet R&D, quality control, or accident reconstruction studies; guided drop assembly capable of measuring both linear and angular head accelerations; Part 572 head-neck pendulum; 6 meter twin rail drop impactor; and other pendulums and impactors. Extensive instrumentation and data acquisition capabilities, high speed camera, data reduction, analysis and documentation support.

Motorcyclist Anthropometric Test Device

An over-the-road test system used to measure tire forces and moments (in 6 degrees of freedom) under realistic operating conditions of vertical load, slip angle, camber angle, and slip ratio.

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