Design and evaluation of a virtual gearshift application


Tideman, M. and Voort, M.C. van der and Houten, F.J.A.M. van (2004) Design and evaluation of a virtual gearshift application. In: IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium 2004, June 14-17, 2004, Parma, Italy (pp. pp. 465-470).

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Abstract:When a customer buys a new car, he or she wants it to address personal preferences with respect to its driving behavior. By utilizing virtual reality technology, a virtual prototyping environment (VPE) can be created in which the behavior of a vehicle or part of a vehicle can be evaluated and adjusted to match the driver's desires. This paper describes the design and the evaluation of a VPE for manually operated gearboxes. The test group considered the simulated "virtual" gearshift feel to be quite similar to the "real" gearshift feel of a test vehicle. By further developing this VPE, it should become possible to define gearshift feel by customer assessment through haptic simulation, after which the physical gearbox is designed in such a way that it matches the preferred shifting behavior.
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