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i3Drive, a 3D Interactive Driving Simulator
March/April 2010 (vol. 30 no. 2)
pp. 86-92
Miha Ambrož, University of Ljubljana
Ivan Prebil, University of Ljubljana
i3Drive, a wheeled-vehicle simulator, can accurately simulate vehicles of various configurations with up to eight wheels in real time on a desktop PC. It presents the vehicle dynamics as an interactive animation in a virtual 3D environment. The application is fully GUI-controlled, giving users an easy overview of the simulation parameters and letting them adjust those parameters interactively. It models all relevant vehicle systems, including the mechanical models of the suspension, power train, and braking and steering systems. The simulation results generally correspond well with actual measurements, making the system useful for studying vehicle performance in various driving scenarios. i3Drive is thus a worthy complement to other, more complex tools for vehicle-dynamics simulation and analysis.

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Index Terms:
vehicle modeling, vehicle simulation, virtual 3D environment, educational software, computer graphics, graphics and multimedia.
Citation:
Miha Ambrož, Ivan Prebil, "i3Drive, a 3D Interactive Driving Simulator," IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 86-92, March-April 2010, doi:10.1109/MCG.2010.29
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