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ARDDES (AUGMENTED REALITY DISTRACTED DRIVING EDUCATION SIMULATOR)

A custom driving simulator application that incorporates augmented reality technology in order to educate youth about vehicle and roadway safety by exposing them to the dangers of distractions like phone calls, texting, and social media use while driving in a safe virtual learning environment.

The Project

In a partnership with the PEERS Foundation, General Motors, and Meta, Gravity Jack developed an augmented reality experience capable of turning a standard parking lot into a lively 3D cityscape with functioning traffic lights and unpredictable traffic — all in real-time.

Those who participate in ARRDES are placed in the driver’s seat of a GM vehicle that has been rigged to be immobile, but functional in terms of the steering wheel, blinkers, and pedals. Drivers are then provided a Meta2 head-mounted display that is equipped with AR that presents them with incredibly realistic simulated scenarios that the driver must react to. Similar to real life, ARRDES drivers must make quick decisions regarding traffic, pedestrians, passengers, and cell phones in order to avoid potential collisions.

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Deliverables

  • UI/UX Design
  • Unity3D development for Windows
  • Meta 2 SDK development
  • Custom sensor pack integration
  • 3D environment design, animation and Unity integration
  • Scripted obstacles, stop lights, and traffic events
  • AI traffic patterns
  • Application optimization for use in select GM vehicles
  • QA and testing
  • Custom reporting of outcome of distracted driving simulation

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