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As cars are still driven by human drivers, the development of new control systems requires
taking into account interactions with the driver. Therefore, investments have been made in
driver‐in‐the‐loop simulators, such as the X‐Car at Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC).
As of September 2008, the motion platform was not certified for human occupants. In order to
rectify this, the following actions were taken: setting motion limits on the platform, simplifying
the startup procedure, calibrating the actuator lengths, and creating a new signal generation
subsystem. Once this was achieved, the realism of the driving experience had to be improved.
This was done by connecting the driving instruments to the control unit, creating the
visualizations, improving the communication between the experiment supervisor and the
driver by means of a graphical traffic lights and adding a speed warning procedure. Last but
not least, steps have been taken in order to implement force feedback in the steering wheel.
This has not been completed yet due to some hardware problems, but the base is solid to start
building on it.
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