Whilst the use of a Car Simulator for either gaming or driver training is well known, their clinical application is now being explored. This means using a driving simulation to test and rehabilitate, or even treat patients with a diverse range of issues including driving or related phobias, behaviour and personality disorders, neurological conditions (particularly degenerative), cognitive impairment, or bias and even just the effects of aging amongst the geriatric population.
Other serious clinical applications are available including assessment of driver fitness, with tasks setting based on real world scenarios but without the ecological or ethical limitations, and research into driving behaviour such as effects of pharmacological agents or distraction. Another use of driver simulation software is to make assessments of driver fitness – perhaps following conviction, accident, injury or some other reason for a period of absence from driving. The benefit of using a virtual simulator for these type of experiments, tests and clinical procedures is that the software allows you to design and control scenarios which could either not be created or not be controlled and repeated in the real world.
You can learn more about using a driving simulator for various clinical applications from the Carnetsoft website. They have details about the many types of tests, modules and scenarios that might be useful for your patients and have put together a number of different packages to include the software, hardware and display equipment you might need. To find more information, visit their website at the following url: http://cs-driving-simulator.com/