ZouSim, the University of Missouri Transportation Simulator, is a family of compatible simulators, including bicycling, wheeling, driving, and walking. ZouSim has been used for a variety of purposes, including research into geometric design, work zone signage, and bicycle markings, and training and education.


I-70 Driving Scenario


Virtual and Augmented Reality

All the ZouSim simulators were developed on the same  platform and can be networked together to replicate real-world scenarios involving multiple modes. The bicycling simulator consists of a fully instrumented Trek bicycle with electronic output for steering, speed, and braking. The driving simulator is a medium fidelity simulator that is built around the half cab of a Toyota Corolla sedan. The wheeling simulator is a functioning Pride Jazzy power wheelchair. The walking simulator is currently being improved and consists of wearable yaw and distance sensors in addition to VR/AR interface options.


Downtown Walking


Bicycle Facilities Study


Bicycle Signage and Markings


Accessibility (PROWAG) Study


Geometric Design Study

There are several graphical interface options as part of ZouSim, including large projected video (e.g., 10 feet by 7.5 feet), Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) goggle, Excelvan virtual private goggles, four large screen 65 inch LED monitors, and stereoscopic 3D monitors. The different display choices have different tradeoffs such as resolution, size, viewing range (including 360º with VR), field-of-view, brightness, 3D capability, and likeliness of discomfort. The choice in the type of graphical display and the number of displays will be based the particular application.



Relevant Recent ZouSim-Related Activities

Sun, C., Qing, Z., Edara, P., Balakrishnan, B., and Hopfenblatt, J. (2017). “Driving Simulator Study of J-turn Acceleration/Deceleration and U-turn Spacing Configurations.” Paper Recommended for Publication for the Journal of Transportation Research Board of the National Academies.

Brown, H., Sun, C., and Qing, Z. (2017). “Investigation of Alternative Bicycle Pavement Markings Using a Bicycle Simulator.” Paper Accepted for Presentation at the 97th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Washington D.C., January.

Brown, H., Sun, C. and Qing, Z. (2016). Bicycle Wayfinding and Detection Markings Study, City of Columbia.

Sun, C., Edara, P., Balakrishnan, B., Qing, Z. and Hopfenblatt, J. (2016). Driving Simulator Study of J-turn Acceleration/Deceleration Lane and U-turn Spacing Configurations. Final Report. Missouri Department of Transportation/University Transportation Center (USDOT).

Edara, P. and Sun, C. (2016). Evaluation of Alternative Work Zone Signing. FHWA Smart Work Zone Deployment Initiative. On-going Research.


Undergraduate Research Experience


K-12 Outreach E-week










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