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
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.
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
Stanford University‘s VAIL Lab Team:
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.
The Simulator Hardware and Software:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Arotech’s Training and Simulation Division:
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.
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).
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
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.
Phone: (801) 647-4672
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.