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Fundamentals of Vehicle Simulation Design by Ernest Adams

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Other Vehicles

Flight and driving simulators are by far the most popular kinds, but there are other sorts of vehicle simulators as well, usually for niche markets. The last few years have seen the arrival of large numbers of new vehicles from the hang glider in Far Cry to the magic broomsticks in the Harry Potter games. This section addresses a few of the more common types.

Boats and Ships

Most boat simulations are of powerboats or jet skis, offering the same kinds of speed thrills that driving simulators do (see Figure 3). The handling characteristics of powerboats differ from those of cars. Because boats move in a fluid medium, they don’t have traction the way a car does, so they can’t turn as sharply as a car can. Powerboat simulations usually ...

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