NADS MinSim Noted in New York Times Article

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The MiniSim, a portable, high-performance driving simulator designed for research, development, clinical and training applications, was noted in the August 13, 2013, New York Times as a device growing in popularity among drug companies for drug testing.

The MiniSim was developed by the National Advanced Driving Simulator at the University of Iowa.

The New York Times article focuses on how the U.S. is looking at drowsy driving in the morning to judge sleep aids.  In reference to the MiniSim, the story says, "Drug companies still conduct the tests in the Netherlands — Merck’s drug was tested there, as was Intermezzo — but driving simulators are also growing in popularity. Dr. Kay’s company leases the MiniSim, a scaled-down version of a state-of-the-art simulator at the University of Iowa. Users sit in a dummy driver’s seat, complete with steering wheel and pedals, while three computer screens stand in for the windshield."

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