May 3, 2011

CUMTD taps FAAC for transit simulators

FAAC Incorporated, part of Arotech Corp.’s Training and Simulation Division, announced the recent delivery of two of its MB-1500 transit simulation systems to the Illinois-based Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (CUMTD).

In addition to the two MB-1500 simulators, FAAC also delivered an instructor-controlled desktop simulator, its Scenario Toolbox scenario building software program and a custom-built geo-specific virtual driving world.

The purchase of the FAAC driver training system was the result of a competitive bid process. CUMTD officials selected FAAC because its product provided not only the best value, but the most complete, comprehensive instructional tool on the market, according to the company. In addition, FAAC representatives created an authentic virtual driving area to replicate trouble spots on local Champaign-area roadways.

The MB-1500 driver training system is a popular model of trainer. It provides a 225-degree field of view, replicated transit operator controls and authentic vehicle dynamics. The physical footprint and price point of the system make it attractive for agencies who are limited in space and seek excellent training value, but who want to take advantage of the learning power the simulator system provides.

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