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Prior to the introduction of Blacktop Bootcamp's Automated Traffic Scenario Simulator (ATSS), instructors wishing to teach emergency lane change maneuvers had to rely on flags, audible commands, or manually actuated light systems.  Light based systems usually utilized some form of triggering that was actuated by an instructor when the vehicle approached a specific point, or by the student vehicle activating some kind of sensor.  These systems had only a rudimentary ability to provide a stimulus to the student at a certain reaction time.

For Emergency Braking and Lane Change Modes the instructor sets the ATSS reaction time from 0-seconds to 3-seconds.  The system's Adaptive Reaction Time™ ensures that changes in students' speeds do not affect the reaction time set by the instructor.  Competitors utilize fixed trigger point systems which enable students to anticipate when the lights will change.  Fixed trigger point systems enable the student to "cheat" by slowing down before the trigger point to gain more reaction time.  Conversely students who drive faster than the exercise speed lose reaction time with this type of system.  These inconsistencies in speed, and ultimately, inconsistencies in reaction time means that students are not trained to any repeatable standard.  Additionally fixed trigger systems require manual calculations of distance and desired speed in order to program in a delay that will yield the desired reaction time.


This diagram shows a fixed-point system, with the sensor set 75-feet from the lanes, configured with a 0.461 second delay; this will create a 1.0 second reaction time at a speed of 35 MPH.  However, if the student lifts off the gas and reduces speed to 32 MPH they have gained more than 0.1-seconds of additional reaction time.  If the student is going a mere two MPH faster than the desired exercise speed the vehicle's faster speed plus the added delay hurts the student's reaction time significantly.  At this speed the student only has lost nearly 0.1 seconds to react instead of 1.0 at the correct speed.

The ATSS solves all of these problems with its Adaptive Reaction Time™ system.  By analyzing the student vehicle's speed the ATSS automatically ensures that all students receive the desired reaction time set by the instructor regardless of speed.  Adaptive Reaction Time™ finally enables instructors to train all students to a set standard.  No other system on the market has this patent pending feature.

ATSS Lane Change

Additionally unlike other fixed trigger point systems the ATSS does not utilize clumsy hoses laying in the roadway, or ineffective short-range sensors.  The high-power Infrared Sensors of the ATSS may be placed on roadways up to 100-feet in width, in broad daylight with no false triggers or missed vehicle activations.  The unique technology utilized by Blacktop Bootcamp's Automated Traffic Scenario Simulator is simply the best on the market.


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