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Arotech’s Realtime
Delivers Simulator to Stanford's VAIL Lab

Royal Oak, Michigan - August, 2014 - Realtime Technologies (RTI), a part of Arotech Corporation’s (NasdaqGM: ARTX) Training and Simulation Division, delivered a new full cab vehicle simulator to Stanford University’s VAIL Lab.  Realtime Technologies is very proud to have worked closely with the late Dr. Clifford I. Nass and his team on the delivery of the driving simulator and training of his staff.  Dr. Nass’s two primary areas of research included: Laboratory and field experimental studies of social-psychological aspects of human-interactive media interaction.  Specifically, Nass discovered that people use the same rules and heuristics when interacting with computers, automobiles, cellphones, robots, and other interactive technology as they do when interacting with other people.  This approach is called the "Computers are Social Actors" (CASA) paradigm or "The Media Equation" (media equals real life). He published over 100 experiments using this research paradigm. 

The other focus area was laboratory and field experimental studies and surveys concerning chronic media multitasking.  Nass’ paper demonstrating that heavy media multitaskers are poor at multitasking and at a number of cognitive control processes was one of the most covered papers in the social sciences in the last 12 months.  The driving simulator research team at Stanford is continuing Dr. Nass' research examining how people will interact with autonomous cars. The research projects currently underway examine situational awareness in conditions of partial automation, factors affecting trust and performance during transfer of control, and differences in driving behavior across age-groups. 

About Stanford University‘s VAIL Lab Team:
The Automotive Innovation Facility houses the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab (VAIL) which is a state of the art vehicle research facility where interdisciplinary teams can work on projects that move vehicle technology forward.  High-profile Stanford projects accommodated in the building comprise research on drive-by-wire and driver assistance systems research by the Dynamic Design Lab of Chris Gerdes, including Shelley, the vehicle that raced up Pikes Peak without a driver in 2010; research vehicles from the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab that use deep learning and computer vision to automate the driving process; research on the interaction of drivers with vehicles in a state-of-the-art driving simulator that was implemented in 2013; and the Stanford Solar Car Project that designs, builds and operates the vehicles competing in the World Solar Challenge in Australia. In order to improve safety, sustainability, performance, and enjoyment of automobiles, the Automotive Innovation Facility provides a place for researchers to test new ideas in real vehicles. The multidisciplinary research team at VAIL is currently lead by Dr. Wendy Ju, with Professor Larry Leifer as the Principal Investigator. The team features researchers from the fields of design, communications, robotics, computer science and mechanical engineering, and collaborators from Toyota, Ford, Bosch and Intel.

About The Simulator Hardware and Software:
The features of the vehicle simulator include active steering and pedals, a projected dash, 240 degree FOV cylindrical screen and a high-resolution projector based visual system.   Realtime Technologies delivered its unique and powerful “SimVista” (scenario development tools) along with “SimCreator” (core vehicle simulation software) and “SimVehicle” (high fidelity vehicle model) for the University’s varied human factors research needs. 

Other key components are the scenario control subsystem that includes autonomous traffic simulation, scripted events, relational behaviors and environmental controls. This subsystem also collects data and performs measurement functions of the simulator for research analysis.

The visual subsystem handles all real time visual rendering processes, including animated and static objects in the scene. This makes what the driver sees out the window seem very realistic.  The visual component is able to render VRML or OpenFlight databases in real time.  The audio software and hardware provide audio cues to match what the driver would expect under the conditions being simulated. Synthesized sounds include engine, wind, tire whine, and noise from other vehicles.

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 (www.faac.com) and its divisions IES Interactive Training (www.ies-usa.com), and Realtime Technologies (www.simcreator.com). 

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, South Carolina and Israel. For more information on Arotech, please visit Arotech’s website at www.arotech.com

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, 2013, 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.