Arotech’s Realtime Technologies Responds to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Proposed Distraction Guidelines

Royal Oak, Michigan – May, 2012 -- Realtime Technologies, Inc. (RTI) has implemented scenarios that allow simulator-based evaluations of new driver interface systems based on the proposed Distraction Guidelines provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).   RTI has developed the following scenarios based on the guidelines:

  • Eye Glance Testing Using a Driving Simulator (EGDS) was implemented in the RTI simulator to provide a 30 minute drive on a four-lane road with a speed limit of 55 mph.   The length of the drive can easily be extended to meet the needs of the task being studied.  A lead vehicle appears after the subject vehicle gets up to speed and maintains a velocity of 50 mph.  The parameters for the lead vehicle speed, distance to when it appears after the subject vehicle reaches velocity, and what headway distance it appears at are all configurable if the guidelines change.

  • Driver performance for the Driving Test Protocol with Benchmark (DS-BM) and Driving Test Protocol with Fixed Acceptance Criteria (DS-FC) use the same roadway and lead vehicle behavior as the EGDS scenario.  In addition to the standard data in the simulator, the road offset for each tire is calculated; therefore the lane exceedances can be calculated.  As with the EGDS drive, the parameters are also configurable if the guidelines change.

  • Dynamic Following and Detection Protocol with Benchmark (DFD-BM) and Dynamic Following and Detection Protocol with Fixed Acceptance Criteria (DFD-FC) use the same roadway as the other scenarios.   It should be noted that the lead vehicle in these scenarios has a velocity profile as set by the NHTSA speed table.  Currently there is only one table provided by NHTSA.  Once more tables are provided they will also be implemented.  A visual detection task was also implemented based on the guidelines.  There are a series of six (6) red dots placed on the screen at the horizon that are given horizontal positions stated in the guidelines.  The dots are shown one at a time and the driver must respond to each dot.  A button response (either existing buttons on the steering wheel, or other) from the simulator is used as responses to the presence of the dots.  The duration of the dot is set to 1.5 seconds unless a positive response by the button is received.  Many of the parameters for these scenarios are also configurable if the guidelines change (e.g., dot size/location, lead vehicle speed tables, etc).

These scenarios will be available to any RTI customer.  No scenario programming is required.  RTI simulators collect a standard set of data that includes such data as headway time/distance, velocity, lane and road position, etc.   RTI will provide some data analysis from the scenarios, such as the lane exceedances, visual detection task performance, and car following delay as defined in the guidelines.  Nothing will be hidden and full data analysis capability is still available for researchers who are interested in the complete raw data set.

About Realtime Technologies:

Realtime Technologies (RTI) specializes in real-time multibody vehicle dynamics, and graphical simulation and modeling. RTI offers simulation software applications, consulting, custom engineering, software, and hardware development. RTI’s customer base includes university researchers throughout the U.S. and Canada, international, government and private entities. Founded in 1998, RTI is based in Royal Oak, Michigan and has a satellite office in South Jordan, Utah. 

About Arotech’s Training and Simulation Division:

Arotech’s Training and Simulation Division (ATSD) provides world-class simulation based training solutions.  ATSD develops, manufactures, and markets advanced high-tech multimedia and interactive digital solutions for engineering, use-of-force, and driver training simulations for military, law enforcement, security, municipal and private industry personnel. The division’s fully interactive driver-training systems feature state-of-the-art vehicle simulator technology enabling training in situation awareness, risk analysis and decision-making, emergency reaction and avoidance procedures, and conscientious equipment operation. The division’s use-of-force training products and services allow organizations to train their personnel in safe, productive, and realistic environments. The division provides consulting and developmental support for engineering simulation solutions. The division also supplies pilot decision-making support software for the F-15, F-16, F-18, and JSF aircraft, as well as simulation models for the ACMI/TACTS air combat training ranges.

Arotech’s Training and Simulation Division consists of FAAC Incorporated ( and its divisions IES Interactive Training (, and Realtime Technologies (

About Arotech Corporation:

Arotech Corporation is a leading provider of quality defense and security products for the military, law enforcement and homeland security markets, including multimedia interactive simulators/trainers, and advanced zinc-air and lithium batteries and chargers. Arotech operates through two major business divisions: Training and Simulation, and Battery and Power Systems.

Arotech is incorporated in Delaware, with corporate offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and research, development and production subsidiaries in Alabama, Michigan, and Israel. For more information on Arotech, please visit Arotech’s website at

Contact: Clayne A. Woodbury

Phone: (801) 647-4672

Except for the historical information herein, the matters discussed in this release include forward-looking statements, as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to vary materially. These risks and uncertainties are detailed in Arotech’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010, and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


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Realtime Technologies Inc. (RTI) specializes in real time multibody vehicle dynamics, and graphical simulation and modeling.  We offer simulation software applications, consulting, custom engineering, software, and hardware development.  Realtime Technologies’ customer base includes international, government and private entities.  RTI was founded in 1998.