Emerging ground vehicle driving simulation technologies and simulator capabilities are presented, which establish the foundation for a fundamentally new vehicle virtual proving ground suitable for vehicle system and subsystem design. Engineering level of fidelity modeling capabilities, previously used in Computer-Aided Engineering for vehicle design, are extended to real-time simulation with the driver-in-the-loop for highly realistic virtual proving ground simulation. Capabilities of the National Advanced Driving Simulator, being developed by the US Department of Transportation and The University of Iowa are presented, and advanced simulation technologies required for the envisioned virtual proving ground capability are summarized. This paper sets the stage for technical papers presented in a Special Session of the 1998 ASME Design Automation Conference on Virtual Proving Ground Simulation.

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