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 on left) 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.

          Low Profile Robotic Vehicle (LPRV)

 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.

          Soft Car 360

The Soft Car 360 is designed to be the only test device you will need for your ADAS and automated vehicle testing.  The modular design of the Soft Car 360 makes it capable of being impacted at relatively high closing speeds. 

Automatic Vehicle Controllers

Fully-featured steering controller.  Designed, built, 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.

Strikeable Surrogate Vehicle

The Strikeable Surrogate Vehicle (SSV) was designed by NHTSA and is used as the collision partner for NHTSA NCAP AEB tests, including Collision Imminent Braking (CIB) and Dynamic Brake Support (DBS).  It is capable of 100% overlap rear-end impacts with a relative speed of up to 25 mph (40 km/h).

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

Motorcyclist Anthropometric Test Devices (MATDs) are developed, manufactured, maintained, and rented by DRI.   These include specialized crash test dummies for various applications, including injury evaluation and protection system feasibility research. The DRI crash dummies are unique among commercially available motor vehicle crash test dummies in that all data acquisition components, including sensors and power sources, are internal. This is especially important in applications where instrument cables could interfere with or distort dummy motions (as in, for example, unbelted car occupants, pedestrians, motorcyclists, all-terrain vehicles, etc). In this regard, it is well suited to the study of multiple impacts.

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