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RS 250 - Our mid-range research driving simulator

The DriveSafety RS 250 simulator was developed specifically to help researchers measure responses to driving-related stimuli. Researchers engaged in driving studies can use the RS 250 to enhance and document their findings. Unmatched in the industry for its fidelity, face validity, research-oriented features, the RS 250 incorporates many of the capabilities of the RS-250 simulator but is tailored specifically for laboratory environments with smaller footprint requirements. Drivers sit in a partial cab based on a Ford Focus sedan and are immersed in an authentic automotive environment with simulated driving scenarios and ambient traffic sounds.


With our DriveSafety research simulator we have virtually limitless options for testing behaviors in just about any kind of scenario. The complexities of driving are well known. The simulator has helped us uncover and then document those complexities with a high degree of accuracy.

Deb MacAvoy, Associate Professor, Ohio
Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment (ORITE)


System Highlights

A Complete Simulated Driving System

With the RS 250, drivers sit in a partial cab based on a Ford Focus sedan and are immersed in an authentic automotive environment with simulated driving scenarios and ambient traffic. The system comes with a transfer frame to help patients practice getting in and out of a vehicle. The operator interface is easy for clinicians to use from a dedicated touchscreen tablet that ships with the system.

Special Configurations

The RS 250 can ship with optional adaptive equipment, including hand controls, a spinner knob and a left-foot accelerator. Larger, more immersive display systems as well as motion cueing are also available with the RS 250, if desired.


What's Included

  • Partial cab based on a Ford Focus sedan
  • Sharp, high-resolution (retina-limited) visual displays and 110 degree field of view
  • Real-time rear and side view wide angle mirrors
  • Highly adjustable car seat to accommodate patients of varying height and weight
  • Dash and center console
  • Tilt steering wheel with dynamic electric torque feedback
  • Live instrument cluster
  • Standard automotive driver controls including accelerator and brake pedals, steering, gear select, ignition, turn signals and headlights
  • Fully functional automotive stereo with radio/CD and MP3 player input
  • High-quality sound system
  • Free-standing tower fan for driver comfort
  • Runtime simulation software, system computers, printer and accessories
  • Wireless tablet-based interface for greater ease of use
  • Hyperdrive authoring suite scenario libraries
  • Includes shipping, installation, half day onsite training and 1 year of support


Dimensions: 4′ L x 3′ W
Weight ~ 250 lbs (113kg)
Power Requirements – (1) 20 Amp 115 Volt AC circuit
Operating Temperature – 50°F to 104°F (10°C to 40°C)


Hyperdrive Authoring Suite

DriveSafety’s RS research driving simulators are combined with our own HyperDrive Authoring Suite, an advanced scenario-authoring tool. The suite allows researchers to create custom driving scenarios leveraging an extensive library of roads, intersections, cultural surroundings, traffic vehicles, pedestrians and other elements along with flexible scripting capabilities. The system also includes powerful real-time data collection and performance monitoring functions users can customize to suit the specific needs of their studies.