SBIR and STTR Success Story for
Systems Technolgy, Inc.

(Information Posted/Updated on 07/08/2009)

Systems Technolgy, Inc.
13766 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA  90250

Contact:    R. Wade Allen
Phone:      310-679-2281, ext. 18
Fax:          310-644-3887
Web Site:

Project Title:  PC Based Driving Simulator for Training and Assessment
Related Award(s):  1 R43 CE00111-01A1; 2 R44 CE00111-02A1; 1 R43 AG18675-01A1; 5 R44 AG018675-03
Technology Developed:
Low Cost PC based driving simulator developed to train novice drivers and assess older drivers. Driving scenarios and performance measures are designed to deal with common driving hazards in urban and rural environments including road profiles, intersections, traffic control devices (signs, signals and markings), traffic and pedestrians. The software and driving controls can be set up on a graphics oriented PC or laptop in a desktop configuration, or with higher end driving controls.

Key Words:  Driving Simulator, Driver Assessment, Driver Training, Driver Rehabilitation, Drug Testing.
Uses of Technology/Products/Service:
The simulator technology can be used for the training and assessment of drivers. Longitudinal results for a novice driver training project have shown a reduction in accident rates during the first two years of driving. Results from an older driver project have shown sensitivity to age related deficits. Phase 3 and Phase 4 pharmaceutical testing have shown the simulator to be sensitive to drug effectiveness and side effects. The technology is generally useful for training, assessment and rehabilitation of drivers where low cost and transportability are important. Driving scenarios and performance measurement can be easily specified to meet a range of requirements. The software can also be easily configured for a range of display options (monitors, projectors, narrow and wide angle field of view) and various driving controls options (desktop, consoles, cabs).

Benefit to Company:
SBIR/STTR support has allowed development of simulator capability and testing to demonstrate effectiveness in various applications. Sales have grown substantially and new markets in training, assessment and rehabilitation have opened up. Reporting on the SBIR/STTR supported research has also given more exposure to potential markets. Developments are continuing to meet the demands of new markets. We are currently looking for licensing partners to pursue new market areas in assessment, training and rehabilitation.

How Product Was Commercialized:
Through technical reporting at conferences and Website development. These efforts are continuing.

Other Comments Related to Company's Success Story:
Outreach efforts and marketing have also resulted in new sources of product development funding for various applications.

Past R&D and/or Sales from this Project:   $2M
Estimated Future Annual R&D and/or Sales from this Project:   $2M