A new University of Wisconsin-Madison simulator is giving drivers the chance to text, speed and drink with no fear of an accident.
The Driving Simulation Lab will allow UW researchers and even undergraduate students to test and design new vehicles that rely more heavily on technology, according to its founder, John Lee, the Emerson Electric Quality and Productivity Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering.
The simulator will also focus on testing traffic control solutions for roads in the state that are known to cause traffic problems.
"Vehicles are getting smarter, and we need to get ahead of that rapid change to understand how drivers respond to the technology," Lee was quoted as saying in a press release.
In the 1970s, no software code was used in vehicles, according to Lee, but now a vehicle can have millions of lines of code in just its navigation system.