POWERFUL SOFTWARE AT THE CORE OF OUR ADVANCED CLINICAL DRIVING SIMULATORS
SimClinic® is the robust software library of therapist-inspired patient activities used to help exercise and measure many areas of functional performance. There are currently over 40 activities to choose from including those that are appropriate for general Occupational Therapy practices, as well as advanced driving scenarios that are appropriate for clinics with driving rehabilitation programs.
SimClinic provides Occupational Therapists with exercises and scenarios proven to help assess and improve physical strength, reaction time, control, endurance, cognitive skills in attention, memory, problem solving and anticipatory thinking, visual perception and information processing, visual-motor integration, visual field testing, neuromuscular reeducation of movement, coordination and proprioception.
The simulator at our clinic is used by all of our clinicians. For example, our Speech Therapist can work on the cognitive components of divided attention because the simulator allows her to use a variety of cognitive programs to address issues. Our Occupational Therapist may be working on upper extremity recovery and focus on introducing scenarios that exercise steering skills. Our Physical Therapist may work on a patient's ability to control their extremities and use the simulator for therapeutic exercise and bill accordingly.
— Marc Rosello, RKT, CDRS, Driving
Rehabilitation Director, University of Utah Sugarhouse Rehabilitation Clinic
To Help provide the best patients outcomes, the SimClinic® library is comprised of clinician-inspired activities organized into the following four progressive phases.
Pre-Driving clinical exercise, basic functional abilities
This phase provides exercise and measurement of pre-driving functional abilities. Scenarios include exercises for visual information processing, coordinated movements, regulation of physical inputs, strength and range of motion, memory, and anticipation and planning.
Steering and Pedals Static
Simple upper and lower-extremity strength, range of motion and control of physical inputs
More dynamic-upper extremity strength, range of motion and control of physical inputs
More dynamic-lower extremity strength, range of motion and control of physical inputs
Motor planning, anticipatory thinking
Visual-motor integration, fine motor control
Working memory, coordination muscle movements
Stoplight & Steering
Visual information processing (speed and accuracy) and coordinated muscle movements
More Functional Abilities in the Context of Simple Driving
This phase introduces lane keeping and speed control, reaction timers, and very powerful Functional Object Detection to help clinicians gain a clear understanding of a patient’s ability to react to scenarios that they will regularly encounter on the road. These scenarios can serve to boost the confidence of the patient and identify problem areas as well.
Lane Keeping Straight
Lane position management on straight roadway
Reaction Timer Steering
Simple reaction timer requiring quick decision and steering inputs when visual stimulus is given
Speed Control Straight
Simple speed control management of straight roadway
Reaction Timer Stoplight
Simple brake reaction timer
Lane Keeping Changing Lanes
Practice changing lanes, using turn signals on straight road with no traffic
Lane Keeping Mirrors
Practice using rear and side-view mirrors and judging gaps in adjacent traffic
Functional Object Detection
Divided attention and visual scanning while driving. Excellent test of visual fields and neglect issues.
Progressive Basic Driving Skills
This phase provides progressive, fundamental driving skills development and evaluation, essential instruction and adaptation drives, plus additional training scenarios suited for basic driving rehabilitation and training.
Lane Keeping Curves
Lane position management on road with curves
Pedals And Stopping
Practice stopping and starting at intersections, an important adaptation step for simulator introduction
Practice maintaining appropriate following (headway) distance
Introduce making left hand turns at intersections
Introduce making right hand turns at intersections
Introduce merging into freeway traffic
Changing Lanes and Braking
More practice changing lanes and bringing car to a stop
Hills And Curves Speed
More speed management practice with simultaneous hills and curves
Hills And Curves Stop
Continued vehicle control practice including stopping and starting in combined hills and curves
Obstacles On Straight
Cones course exercising vehicle maneuvering and control skills
Speed Control Curves
Speed control with curves
Speed Control Hills
Speed control with hills
Training Tracks Scenarios
Simple paved closed-course tracks to allow easy, non-threatening practice of basic vehicle control
Advanced Driving Skills & Naturalistic Scenarios
This phase provides advanced road course drives in diverse driving environments and includes advanced traffic interaction, situational awareness and defensive driving challenges that help determine if a patient is ready to get back on the road.
Moderate drive through variety of roadway types and mostly well-behaved traffic. A fewer driver challenges. Some curves, but no turns at intersections.
City and Highway
Advanced “naturalistic” drive along a guided course through dense urban and freeway driving environments. Some advanced traffic interactions and challenges, such as unprotected left turn with oncoming traffic and unexpected incursions by others into drivers’ path of travel.
Residential and Suburban
Advanced naturalistic drive along a guided course through residential and suburban environments. Some advanced traffic interactions and challenges, such as unexpected pedestrian and cyclist interactions.
Powerful clinical exercise combining several configurable secondary tasks with basic driving task. Excellent for divided attention and for evaluating visual fields and neglect issues.
Easy freeway loop that takes about 10 minutes per circuit. Can be driven indefinitely.
Town and Country
Advanced naturalistic drive along a guided course through small town and rural/mountainous road environments. Some advanced traffic interactions and challenges, such as unexpected lane incursions and a police roadside incident the driver encounters.
Level 1 Hazards
Level 1 of 3 escalating hazards drives on a rural highway. Each drive includes 3 driver challenges or hazards that occur, along with collision avoidance performance measures.
Level 2 Hazards
Additional driving challenges and hazards
Level 3 Hazards
Additional driving challenges and hazards