SimCraft's APEX SC830 Simulator Selected for Department of Defense Project

Project partners SimCraft, Vehicle Control Training, U.S. Army, Ford Motor Company, MIT, and Georgia Tech aim to reduce deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents

Breinigsville, Pa. (Dec. 30, 2008) -- SimCraft Corporation, developers of true-to-life, full-motion racing simulators recently announced its APEX SC830 simulator was selected as the hardware (motion) component for the Synthetic Automotive Virtual Environments (SAVE) program.

The SAVE program is being led by Vehicle Control Training, LLC, (VCT) of Franconia, New Hampshire, which was awarded a three-year Department of Defense contract to tackle the military's leading cause of accidental death: motor vehicle accidents. Between 1980 and 2005, the military lost 6,550 people to motor vehicle accidents; in comparison, 2,070 died in combat.

"We selected SimCraft as a partner for multiple reasons including the compactness of the sim and how the three axes of movement intersect through the driver's hips creating a realistic sense of movement," said Greg McKinney, managing member and director of VCT. "Additionally, they have the resources to integrate the hardware and software and make them work seamlessly." The APEX SC830 features three axes (degrees of freedom: roll 40 / pitch 25 / yaw 40) and has a state-of-the-art architecture that recreates center of mass rotations.

The mission of SAVE is to gain a comprehensive understanding of high-speed, loose-surface driver, vehicle, and tire dynamics through hands-on, cooperative research.

"It's an honor for SimCraft to be part of a project that can lead to the safety of automotive traffic for not only the U.S. military but the world as a whole," said Sean Patrick MacDonald, SimCraft's co-founder and chief technical officer.

Other program partners include the U.S. Army, Ford Motor Company, MIT, and Georgia Tech. In May 2008, U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes included $1.6 million for SAVE under the Defense Reauthorization Bill, $2.4 million for 2009, and anticipates at least another $2.4 million for 2010.

SimCraft Corporation is unveiling its APEX SC830 during the 2009 International CES, the world's largest consumer electronics tradeshow. In addition to its real-world applications through programs such as SAVE, the APEX SC830 is a true-to-life racing simulator for professional racecar drivers and car racing fanatics. The 2009 CES runs Jan. 8-11, 2009, in Las Vegas. SimCraft's booth is located at LVCC, South Hall 2, Booth #25311 in the Electronic Gaming section.

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