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July 16, 2020—The University of Iowa's National Advanced Driving Simulator research center is up and running and has logged more than 10,000 simulator drives, reports Car and Driver. The test rig, which sits on seven belts, is able to replicate driving environments by giving the driver a 360 degree view. 

The rig rests on a platform with a top speed of 14mph. Inside the rig, sits one car with its tires removed and replaced with actuators to mimic real-life movements. The simulator can provide a wide range of environments from open two-lane highways to urban construction zones. Test drivers could sit in the rig for hours at a time depending on the simulation. 

The objective of the $80 million study is to gain more insight into human behavior rather than vehicle performance. 

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