Williams F1 and the UK Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) have signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on research regarding the application of advanced simulator-based driver training technologies. This will help to improve road safety, reduce vehicle emissions and increase passenger comfort and safety.
The MoU between Williams F1 and TRL will see the two companies collaborate on joint research, marketing and business development initiatives and use Williams F1’s simulator technology to help improve road safety, fuel efficiency and other aspects of driver behavior in Qatar and internationally.
Pioneered over the last decade for the advanced training of racing drivers, Williams F1’s simulator technology is now being developed for applications beyond the racetrack and, at the WTCQ, allows high-fidelity, advanced training to be conducted in a controlled environment. Using this approach has the benefit of “repetitiveness” to enable assessment and skills improvement to develop consistently. The partnership will use this technology to research, develop and validate driver training tools and the standards that govern the use of simulator technology for regular, commercial and emergency vehicles.
The cooperation will be led by the Williams Technology Centre, Qatar (WTCQ) and TRL’s Qatar Centre, both of which are located in the Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP).
TRL is a global transportation research and consultancy company with more than 75 years’ experience in its field and with expertise in the use of simulator technology to carry out research into driving behaviors and for conducting advanced driver training. TRL Ltd has a QSTP-Branch and is currently developing road transport processes and technologies to help realize Qatar’s vision of economic growth.