Virtual Driving Simulator for Measuring Dynamic Properties of Human Arm Movements
Yoshiyuki Tanaka*, Ryoma Kanda*, Naoki Yamada**,
Hitoshi Fukuba**, Ichiro Masamori**, and Toshio Tsuji*
*Department of Artificial Complex Systems Engineering, Hiroshima University, 1-4-1 Kagamiyama, Higashi-hiroshima, Hiroshima 739-8527, Japan
**Mazda Motor Corporation, 3-1 Shinchi, Fuchu-cho, Aki-gun, Hiroshima 730-8670, Japan
This paper presents a virtual driving simulator using robotic devices as an example of human-machine systems to investigate dynamic properties of human movements in the operation of drive interfaces, such as steering wheels and transmission shifters. The simulator has virtual steering and transmission systems under variable impedance control, providing the operators with realistic operational response. Mechanical impedance parameters around the steering rotational axis were measured to demonstrate the effectiveness of the developed simulator.
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