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SimuRide Professional Driving Simulator

SimuRide Professional Driving Simulator

Driving Simulator SimuRide 3 monitors

The virtual driving simulation tool to teach driving passenger and commercial vehicles.

SimuRide Professional edition, as its name suggests, is a simulation software that is designed for use in teaching new and commercial drivers how to maneuver a vehicle with automatic and manual transmissions. This is a customized application prepared for each individual customer.

The first SimuRide Professional driving simulator edition was introduced in September 2008.

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Click Play to see the SimuRide driving simulator One-Monitor Version.

Click Play to see the SimuRide driving simulator Three-Monitor Version.

SimuRide Professional Edition with a custom made hardware 2013

Our SimuRide driving simulator is meant for use in truck/bus and regular driving schools. It can work with one or with three computer screens using a single computer. Installing the software to work with two-pedal or three-pedal components, a gear shifter console and a steering wheel allows the student driver to learn and experience driving without being inside an actual car. The steering wheel turns 900 degrees and provides resistance during driving maneuvers. All these components are available in our On-Line Store.

But even though the student driver is not exposed to the road during the first few hours of learning how to drive, the SimuRide driving simulator recreates for the student the experience of driving an actual vehicle. The driving simulation software makes the students work with different driving scenarios by reproducing various driving terrains and adding to it some atmospheric factors that affect driving. Student drivers can also experience the feeling of driving at night, an experience that most driving schools are unable to provide because they only operate during the daytime.

To gauge the progress of the student driver, the SimuRide driving simulator software has the ability to record the mistakes of the user, such as: gear shifting incorrectly, ignoring a stop sign or red light, forgetting about the seat belt or exceeding speed limits. A message about these mistakes is delivered and the information is recorded for the instructor.

Using SimuRide driving simulator instead of learning to drive from behind an actual steering wheel has many benefits:
  • Driving lessons become a lot safer, because student drivers spend the first few hours using SimuRide driving simulator. After that beginner drivers become more knowledgeable and confident when they start driving a real car. Thus, it is less likely for them to get into accidents, bringing less stress to both parents and instructors, as well as the motorists who have to share the road with student drivers.
  • SimuRide driving simulator helps save fuel and reduces carbon emissions that contribute to the greenhouse effect into the atmosphere.
  • It makes learning how to drive more fun for the student driver. Learning how to drive with SimuRide driving simulator rather than from behind a real steering wheel is just like playing a computer game.

SimuRide driving simulator represents a good investment for driving schools. At only $800 SimuRide Pro is much more economical than other driving simulation tools and instruments on the market today; it is the least expensive alternative on the market, and at a comparable quality.

The three-pedal component with gear shifter console allows the user to change gears manually, recording any clutch related error in the report. For trucks, the double clutching method can be selected, where forgetting a double clutch, an increase in RPMs in neutral during a down shift, more than 50% clutch pedal pressure while up/down shifting, or too low/high RPMs will display an error message immediately.

The driving simulation software is specially designed, so that, for example, the user will feel resistance on the steering wheel during turning manoeuvres and tremors when the vehicle hits the curb or reaches the road shoulder. Rear-view and side-view mirrors, blind spot view together with the aerial-view are simulated, to help performing parallel parking or other activities requiring such views.
Truck-driver students can easily practice driving a semi truck in city traffic, taking wide turns or backing up a long straight road to the dock.

The visual scenes reproduce city, highway, country, maze and manoeuvring lot environments, with or without traffic and with different obstacles.
To increase the difficulty level, various atmospheric conditions can be applied.
Realistic sound is correlated with road conditions, engine RPM and speed.

The multi-display upgrade allows users to run and view the SimuRide driving simulator application across three monitors generating a 180-degree horizontal view. This feature forces the student to turn his or her head and realistically imitates the driving environment.

The SimuRide Pro driving simulator package includes 3 Discs with interactive software applications and 1 dongle personalized security key:
1. SimuRide - Driving Simulator.
2. ROAD RULES - US & CANADA DRIVING TEST - Interactive, Multilingual rules software with study and exam modes. Includes rules for all 50 States and 13 Provinces/Territories.
3. COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S LICENSE CDL MANUAL - Educational tool designed for students or experienced truck and bus drivers. Addresses all commercial vehicle endorsements.
4. DONGLE - USB security and license key.

Trial Edition:

For individuals or customers who are not certain about our Simulator, we offer a TRIAL package. This version of SimuRide Pro driving simulator (based on July 2012 edition) limits you to 50 practice sessions (instead of the unlimited practice sessions you get with the full version). This should allow you enough time to test and explore the many functions and benefits of the SimuRide Professional Edition, without the $800/$1000 price tag. Having used the trial version, we are confident that you will want to upgrade to the full version. The cost of the TRIAL edition is $100, which will be deducted from the purchase price of the full SimuRide package, if you upgrade within 90 days of purchasing the TRIAL edition.
This $100 TRIAL edition is ideal for private user who wants to learn driving vehicles with the manual transmission or practice advance shifting (double clutching). It also gives enough time for CDL student to master semi-truck backing up or driving a truck in the narrow city streets.  Beginner driver with 50 trials can practice for the road exam. User can select 50 times any type of vehicle, terrain and conditions to practice. Each trial can take up to 45 minutes. The package contains the simulator software (50 rides) and the hardware USB Dongle Key.  No additional software is included with Trial edition and a dongle key has to be send back for reprogramming to be entitled for $100 deduction with the purchase of full version.

Updates & Upgrades:

August 01, 2012 -
This edition offers users an option to drive on the left side of the road (RHD) using passenger vehicle with an automatic and manual transmission. Manual shifting is popular in UK, Australia, South Africa, Jamaica, India, Indonesia and other countries. Offering this feature we help beginner drivers to practice not only automatic, but also manual transmission vehicles, driving on the left side of the road.

July 15, 2012 - SimuRide PE released in July 2012 is offered not only in English but also in Spanish, Portuguese and French (all languages can be changed dynamically).
Additional features implemented in 2012 edition are:
Scenarios: Highway driving with the entire virtual map of the SimuRide Commercial Edition;
Functionality: Checking a Driver's Reaction Time, 3 levels of DUI and Fuel Efficiency Indicator;
Weather Conditions: driving in rain, driving in snow, combination of Day/Nigth with snow/rain/fog/sun;
Vehicle: Automatic and manual transmission Full size Vans and 4x4 Pickup Trucks (Diesel engine) that you can easily go off the road;
Moreover, some physics of existing vehicles and their engines were improved.
There are some more functions implemented: the option to print the report each time the exercise is over, option to turn the computer off after the program exits, option to apply the emergency brake each time the exercise begins, 2 types of the clutch in the automatic transmission, Horn Signal, 2 types of usage the emergency brakes, and more.

August 07, 2010, - New features including Coordination Challenge and Reaction Time Course. New Vehicle: School Bus with Crossover mirrors.
Second convex mirror for semi truck, plus general software upgrade and improvements.

February 02, 2010 a new version of SimuRide Professional 2010 was released. It contains all previous upgrades and updates.

December 15, 2009 we have released the update to the latest upgrade for your favorite driving simulator - the SimuRide Professional. 
This update provides vehicles' speedometers in Miles/Kilometres per Hour and a convex mirror is included for better visibility during semi truck driving maneuvers.
- If you are interested in ordering a copy of the upgrade, please use On-Line Shop link to access our online ordering system that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- If you already have purchased the SimuRide Pro driving simulator upgrade, the latest update will be send to you Free of charge.

The September 2009 SimuRide Pro driving simulator upgrade has many new and improved features.
It comes with 3 new Terrains:
- City Driving Intersections With Traffic Lights,
- Semi-Truck Backing Up,
- Slalom (zigzag track with obstacles).
It gives you the option of printing user reports.
It offers a variety of new setting options such as turning on/off all warning messages during the simulation and using the SimuRide Pro driving simulator on older computers.
To enlarge vehicle selection, the Toyota Yaris (automatic & manual) has been added.

The update March 2009 includes the Skid Control.

Hardware Requirements:

The SimuRide Pro driving simulator can be run on a personal computer (desktop or laptop) that is equipped with a plug & play steering wheel.


Minimum Computer:
OS - Windows XP, Vista or Windows7.
Processor (suggested) - Intel Core 2 Duo - Clock 2,66 GHz or equivalent (AMD sometimes has a problem distinguishing and assigning a job to the second Core).
RAM (minimum) - 1GB for Windows XP and 2 GB for Windows Vista/7.
Graphic card (suggested) - NVidia GeForce 7600 GT or any other card that has G3D Rating minimum 393 and Rank maximum 363.
Check your video card here: http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu_list.php
For some older graphic cards we provide - 3D Software Accelerator - implemented in the SimuRide Pro driving simulator package.


Steering Wheel Logitech G25 or G27 (Steering Wheel, Pedals and Gear Shifter) available in our On-Line Store:
The Logitech G25 or G27 Steering Wheel offers incredibly precise driving control with dual-motor force feedback, 900-degree steering and a six-speed gated shifter. Premium materials are used throughout: stainless steel paddle shifters and pedals, soft leather grip surfaces, and brushed metal wheel spoke accents. The 11-inch wheel, dual force-feedback motors and metal-framed pedal assembly provide solid road feel where you want it, and the 14 programmable buttons and sequential shifting option provide flexibility when you need it. Includes: Steering Wheel, Shifter Module, Gas, Brake, and Clutch Pedals; Power Supply, User Documentation and Software CD.
Six-speed shifter with push-down reverse gear provides a more realistic driving experience with manual transmissions - allows the user to easily select the appropriate gear for any corner.
Dual-motor force feedback system - two motors for increased force strength, single-reduction anti-backlash gearing system for decreased noise, smoother, more accurate steering and higher force feedback fidelity.
900 Degrees of Wheel Rotation - 2.5 turns lock-to-lock - just like most real cars.
11", leather-wrapped wheel rim with stainless steel spokes - real leather and a wide diameter.
Sequential shift mode for programs that do not support six-speed mode, the shifter can easily be changed into sequential mode.
Stainless steel gas, brake, and clutch pedals - gas, brake, and clutch pedals with distinct resistances. The addition of a clutch pedal allows for advanced driving techniques such as heel-and- toe downshifting. Leather-wrapped shift knob & exclusive carpet grip system.
For warranty and additional information about the steering wheel please click here.

Screen:
Any modern standard wall projector, monitor or TV can be used.
To realistically imitate the driving environment we suggest using three-monitor SIMURIDE edition with panoramic flat screen monitors at least 22"/ max 32", HD-TVs or wall-projectors.
The computer we are selling on line has 3 monitors output; however, some computers have only one graphics card output. Hence, for three monitors with a simple computer graphics card the Matrox Triplehead2go is required and is available in our On-Line Store.


Driving Simulation Seat & Cockpit:
You can purchase Professional Simulator Seat that holds 3 monitors, steering wheel, pedals, and gear shifter from our On-Line Store.  Please note that we are unable to guarantee the same seat type and color, as pictured. In an effort to control customer pricing in our current economic climate, we have obtained refurbished seats of excellent quality and condition. The Simulator Seat is not necessary; you can use the regular office desk with a simple chair.

The SimuRide - Driving Simulator is built on simulation technology developed by EduCar.

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