Joint Development of Driving Simulator with IROC Launched (News Release)
July 15, 2020
PERSOL RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT Co., Ltd.
IROC Co., Ltd.
PERSOL RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT and IROC Launched Joint Development of Driving Simulator for Truck Driving Training
– Realizing VR-Based Training for Enhancing the Driving Skills of Truck Drivers –
PERSOL RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT Co., Ltd., which is involved in the technical engineering business in a PERSOL group offering comprehensive human resource services (Headquarters: 3-18-1, Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi Japan, President and Representative Director Eiji Isoda, hereinafter referred to as "PERSOL R&D"), and IROC Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: 2-350, Fukuike, Tenpaku-ku, Nagoya-shi, Japan, President Takuma Koga, hereinafter referred to as "IROC") agreed to jointly develop a new Virtual Reality (hereinafter referred to as "VR") driving simulator for truck driving training.
A prototype of this simulator is scheduled to be displayed at "CONTENT TOKYO" to be held on October 21 – 23.
■Issues in Truck Driving Training
Truck transportation is a major means of transportation which accounts for more than 90 %*1 of all transportation in Japan, and its importance is increasing through a change in people’s living patterns due to the recent COVID-19 catastrophe. The securing of truck drivers as well as the safe driving of trucks are important tasks for ensuring stable logistics, and the enrichment of safety education for drivers is strongly needed.
On the other hand, trucks require not only safe performance but also high driving skills due to their large vehicle body and heavy weight. Although it is necessary to gain driving experience in a wide variety of environments and driving conditions in order to enhance the driver’s driving skill and safety awareness, it is not easy to obtain such experience using real trucks in the short term. In addition, it is becoming difficult to conduct training on a real truck with an experienced driver aboard, considering the necessity of maintaining social distance in the COVID-19 catastrophe.
*1: Based on information material related to traffic published by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
■Outline of Joint Development
Under the above circumstances, PERSOL R&D, which has a wealth of knowledge about and experience in the development of commercial vehicles, and IROC, the manufacturer of "T3R" which has a reputation for superior behavior and reality, agreed to jointly develop a VR driving simulator which is focused on driving training for truck drivers and enabling the ability to have a realistic driving experience without using a real truck.
"T3R", manufactured by IROC, is used not only as an experience-based simulator but also in development applications such as the evaluation of automated driving and man machine interface, because of its faithful reproduction of behavior achieved by a combination of 3D floating full-motion technology and the experiences of professional racing drivers.
In addition, PERSOL R&D offers engineering services in a wide range of fields as a group of engineers focused on design and development. Moreover, it has a wealth of knowledge about vehicle development, and in particular has consistent development technology for commercial vehicles from the design stage to carrying out comprehensive vehicle testing around a test course.
Through the new combination of IROC’s 3D floating full-motion technology and PERSOL R&D’s knowledge about commercial vehicle development, IROC and PERSOL R&D will enhance the quality of safe driving education for truck drivers who support logistics in Japan and contribute to the improvement of drivers’ skills by enabling the reproduction of a wide variety of truck driving scenarios.
■About Display of a Prototype "Driving Simulator for Driving Training"
We are scheduled to display this prototype at "CONTENT TOKYO" to be held on October 21 – 23. And we will handle inquiries about prior interviews on a case-by-case basis, to reflect opinions from customers.
Special website of CONTENT TOKYO 2020: https://www.content-tokyo.jp/en-gb.html
■About IROC Co., Ltd. <http://www.t3rs.net/>
IROC Co., Ltd. not only manufactures and develops hardware for vehicle driving simulators but also develops software which enables people to experience vehicles, courses, the advanced emergency braking system, erroneous pedal stepping and the unintended acceleration prevention device, and so on, to offer comprehensive virtual driving environment services.
■About PERSOL RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT Co., Ltd. <https://www.persol-rd.co.jp/en/>
PERSOL RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT Co., Ltd. supports companies in design and development through technical consulting, general and partial contracts, and the dispatch of engineers in the fields of automobile, aerospace, robot, digital consumer electronics, and so on.
And it will continue to offer a "one-stop service" from design and research and development to testing, by using mechanical, electric, electronic and control software design, testing and certification services, and model base development (MBD) technologies.
■About "PERSOL" <https://www.persol-group.co.jp/en/index.html>
Aiming to achieve our group vision "Work, and Smile", the PERSOL Group has been engaged in a wide range of services that involve people and organizations—from temporary staffing service "Tempstaff" to recruitment service "doda", IT outsourcing services, and design and development.
The group also works on innovations of the next generation by merging human resources services with technologies, like a recruitment service "MIIDAS" for finding one’s market value, an IT event info WEB site as well as an event and community space "TECH PLAY", and cloud-based mobile POS register "POS+ (POSTAS)".