Driving simulators outside the real traffic situation with the human in the control loop are used for training purposes, in driving research and in vehicle development. The latter is also due to the fact that, for many applications, human cognition and behavior cannot be represented by a digital model. Driving simulation in virtual reality already provides a product experience in early development phases of vehicles and vehicle systems and clarifies questions of acceptance, usability and user experience.
In addition, driving simulators with real drivers and virtual road traffic allow controlled investigation conditions for empirical studies and statistically secured R&D results. They allow the investigation of high-risk situations, risk groups of drivers and passengers and rare driving situations. And they enable efficient tests under standardized conditions and traffic situations.