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Motion Cueing Workshop

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: June 3rd, 2019 | 0 Comments

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International Development of Technology B.V. and Delft University of Technology offer FSEMC 2019 visitors a unique opportunity to participate in a one-day motion cueing workshop on 25 October 2019. Learn about the principles of motion cueing for FSTD’s and more.

The workshop is intended for flight simulation engineers, authorities and professionals from the flight simulation industry, and will be conducted by motion experts from the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering and the SIMONA Institute. 

You are welcome to join us! For more information, please go to the workshop registration page.

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MPS and IDT launch UPRT collaboration

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: May 1st, 2019 | 0 Comments

MPS and IDT have signed a long-term collaboration agreement to integrate Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) capability into current and future MPS flight simulators. The MPS devices representing the Boeing B737 and Airbus A320 variants utilize high-fidelity flight models and aerodynamic data packages from the respective OEMs. IDT’s UPRight Instructor Operator Station feedback tool will now be an integral part of the MPS product line, and IDT’s UPRT training products and expertise will also be offered to MPS customers.

“The collaboration will enable MPS to apply all the UPRT elements that do not require a full-motion capability into our training devices,” says Captain Philip Adrian, CEO of MPS. “Our customers worldwide will be able to simply enable this feature, connected through the simulator’s Wi-Fi network. We will also provide training on the proper use of the tools, as well as a full UPRT training program through our collaboration with IDT.”

“A major portion of UPRT starts with prevention. For example, understanding the airplane’s angle of attack and managing its energy are critical elements that a pilot needs to understand,” says Dr. Sunjoo Advani, president of IDT. “Our UPRight tool goes far beyond the minimum standard for instructor feedback as required by the FAA and EASA. It is truly pilot-centric, enabling the instructor to graphically illustrate to the pilot, for example, the importance of reducing the angle of attack during an upset condition or stall event.”

MPS will be exhibiting at the World Aviation Training Summit (WATS) in Orlando, Florida, from 30 April to 2 May at booth 513.

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Aviation Safety Network releases 2018 airliner accident statistics

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: January 3rd, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Aviation Safety Network (ASN) released the 2018 airliner accident statistics. A total of 15 fatal accidents occurred in 2018 resulting in a tragic loss of 556 souls. The deadliest accident happened on 29 October when a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 was lost after take-off from  Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Indonesia, killing all 189 on board. Loss of Control accidents remain the major cause of fatal aircraft accidents worldwide. According to ASN, accidents caused by Loss of Control were responsible for at least ten of the 25 worst accidents in the past five years. The Aviation Safety Network is an independent organisation from the Netherlands and aims to provide up-to-date, complete and reliable authoritative information on airliner accidents and safety issues. Click the summary below to read the full article on ASN's website.

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Exploring New Roads with Virtual Reality

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: October 23rd, 2017 | 0 Comments

DriverLab is the only simulator of its kind in Canada and offers a safe way to study a range of human variables in realistic traffic and weather conditions. It’s housed in the iDAPT Centre for Rehabilitation Research’s Challenging Environment Assessment Labs (CEAL) in the basement of Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. “What we learn here could pave the way to help seniors maintain the ability to drive through something like a conditional license that would allow them to drive on city streets during the day. We’re also looking into whether cars should be equipped to recognize drowsiness in the driver and respond by turning the radio up or rolling down the windows to keep the driver awake,” says Geoff Fernie, a professor in the Department of Surgery and Toronto Rehabilitation Research Institute Director. For the full article, please visit University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine online. Below is an excerpt of the interview with Dr. Fernie.  

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The Netherlands Consul General visits DriverLab during Inauguration

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: October 13th, 2017 | 0 Comments

[caption id="attachment_2292" align="aligncenter" width="680"] From left to right Dr. Geoff Fernie, Institute Director TRI-UHN, Consul General Anne Le Guellec, IDT president Dr. Sunjoo Advani, and Policy Advisor Carlijn Lubbinge.[/caption] 13 October 2017 - As part of the official opening ceremonies of DriverLab at the University Health Network, Consul General of the Netherlands Anne Le Guellec visited - and drove - this unique simulator. During the past five years, the Netherlands-based company IDT has worked intensely with the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute to create DriverLab. This simulator will help improve road safety through better understanding of how age-related factors such as reduced vision, cognitive deficiencies and the use of medications affect driver safety. It will also be used to help design better feedback systems for future cars that help drivers with increasing limitations. Finally, it will help develop new licensing standards. The visit by the Consul General Le Guellec and Policy Advisor Carlijn Lubbinge helped acknowledge the close collaboration between the organizations, and generated interest in future bi-lateral studies. “Safe roads are in everyone’s best interests, and we want to ensure that knowledge is shared between our nations”, according to Ms. Le Guellec. “The Netherlands welcomes collaboration with Canada, since both nations are strong in transportation safety research”. “As the population ages, driving privileges must be in line with their actual abilities, and not subjectively defined limits”, says IDT president Dr. Sunjoo Advani. “DriverLab will open doors for multi-national collaboration to working together. Besides building the simulator together, Canada and the Netherlands share a common interest in road safety, operate highways with high traffic densities, and have growing elderly populations. Testing out DriverLab, Consul General of The Netherlands Anne Le Guellec (left) and Policy Advisor Carlijn Lubbinge (right)

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Toronto institute’s DriverLab studies people instead of cars

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: October 13th, 2017 | 0 Comments

Driving simulators have long been a part of the automotive industry, but the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute’s DriverLab goes beyond that, incorporating them into their CEAL program: Challenging Environment Assessment Lab. See the full report and video at

Read More visits most advanced driving simulator in Canada

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: October 13th, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s the most advanced driving simulator in the country and it’s being used by scientists with the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. got behind the wheel. See the full video report at

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Toronto Rehab launches Canada’s most advanced driving simulator

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: October 13th, 2017 | 0 Comments

Dr. Geoff Fernie, Research Director at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, tells about DriverLab at AM 640 radio. Listen to the podcast at AM 640 Radio.

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CityNews Toronto learns about driving and the effects of opioids

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: October 13th, 2017 | 0 Comments

“We don’t know if the pain affects their driving ability,” she said. “But these painkillers, especially opioids, they can affect your ability to concentrate. They can make the person sleepy”, Dr. Andrea Furlan, a chronic pain physician at Toronto Rehab says. See the full video report at CityNews Toronto.

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Improving Health and Safety on the Roads – CTV reports

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: October 13th, 2017 | 0 Comments

CTV News Toronto visits DriverLab at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. See the full video report at CTV News Toronto.

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IDT’s DriverLab Simulator officially opened in Toronto, Canada

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: October 13th, 2017 | 0 Comments

IDT’s unique DriverLab simulator has been officially opened as the final part of the the iDAPT labs at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute-University Health Network (TRI-UHN). The simulator is designed to study the impact of our health on driving performance, with an aim to increase driver safety in healthy older adults and people living with injury or illness. DriverLab was designed, developed and integrated under the leadership of IDT in close co-operation with TRI-UHN and partners. “What makes DriverLab unique is how the technology was driven by the user requirements”, according to IDT president Dr. Sunjoo Advani. “As we age, our ability to drive at night and in challenging weather conditions increases the risk of accidents. Elderly drivers are more risk prone since they often require medication, which can lead to drowsiness -or, they may have cognitive deficiencies, such as dementia. Creating these challenges on the road for testing drivers is nearly impossible, and unsafe.”

Real Rain

IDT produced a simulator with real weather, augmented with computer-generated images. In DriverLab, IDT built a special spraying system to create rain on the windshield, and re-circulate the water. While driving in crowded traffic, for example, the rain suddenly starts pouring down. "The fact that you need to use the real windshield wipers, that you need to slow down due to visibility, that you feel your hands gripping the steering wheel tightly - and actually believe that you have to worry about getting wet when you get out of the “car” is a true accomplishment in simulation technology”. DriverLab is the most advanced driving simulator in Canada and unique in the world, in terms of the realistic experience it offers drivers. DriverLab will establish Canada as a global leader in safe driving research. DriverLab's innovative technology comes at a time when vehicle collisions represent the number-one cause of accidental death in Canada, and cost Canadians $62.7 billion per year. Global numbers are equally staggering: Every year, 1.24 million people around the world die in motor vehicle collisions and up to 50 million people suffer from disabling injuries.

Reducing Vehicle Collisions

The outcomes of DriverLab research will help reduce the emotional, physical, and financial costs of vehicle collisions, by reducing their occurrence. "DriverLab deals with an issue ​that is not just technical, but a very important social issue that puts stress in people's lives," says Dr. Geoff Fernie, Research Institute Director, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. "We're motivated to solve problems that really affect people." DriverLab is an integral part of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute’s CEAL simulation facility, which was also developed by IDT from 2003 to 2012, when the DriverLab project started. IDT is a leader in the design and development of unique simulators for automotive, medical research and flight training. The company has been involved in the development of over 35 simulators for companies including BMW, Boeing, NASA, the German aeronautical lab DLR, the Dutch National Aerospace Lab, and several universities. IDT also supports the global airline industry in enhancing its operational safety standards through better pilot training.


To view the full press release by University Health Network, please visit More media coverage and videos are available through CTV Toronto News, Global News Canada, An interview by Dr. Geoff Fernie, Research Institute Director at TRI-UHN at AM640 Radio. More media updates will follow.

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IDT at DSC 2017

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: September 5th, 2017 | 0 Comments

The 2017 edition of the DSC conference will be held 6-8 September in Stuttgart (Germany). The goal of this international conference is to propose to academics and practitioners an all-round view of the state of the art of driving simulation technology, research and development. As an expert in driving simulation, IDT will be attending this conference to meet with representatives of the world’s leading car manufacturers, suppliers, driving simulator owners and researchers. We are thrilled to present and inform you about DriverLab, a state-of-the-art driving research simulator at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute which we developed and commissioned earlier this year. We welcome you and are looking forward to meet you at the conference!

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