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Going for a spin in GM's 360-degree simulator

General Motors gives us an exclusive look at its 360-degree simulator.

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Jon Wong
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GM was an early adopter of simulator technology beginning in the 1960s.

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Since then, GM has had five generations of simulators. The current 360-degree unit has been in use for eight years.

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Improvements have been made along the way to the current simulator. Better graphics and response times to inputs are among the performance upgrades.

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Visuals have been upgraded with a 5-terabyte-per-second image generator with 4K resolution allowing for response to steering and pedal force inputs to take place within 50 milliseconds.

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Previously, the system featured a 2-terabyte-per-second image generator and input response within 70 milliseconds.

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The current unit originally had a fixed platform, but a moving one was added to simulate roll, pitch and yaw motions.

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The Super Cruise system found in the Cadillac CT6 has been tested and developed using the simulator.

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Additionally, the Electronic Precision Shift system from the GMC Terrain was validated on the simulator.

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During simulations, people in the control room keep track of what test subjects say, their facial expressions and biometrics to determine how they feel about the experience.

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Being a test subject in GM's 360-degree simulator is equivalent to a Big Brother experience.

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