Driving Simulator Prototype Update – Moki’s Maiden Voyage

A lot has happened since this website went “live” in Feb 2017; it is past time for an update, so here it is. Progress has been good, but not as much as I wanted. Primarily impacted by the sudden passing in April of my good friend and business partner of 22 years, Phil Caldwell. Being his Executor, and we were also at the front end of a process to substantially reposition the engineering project business, has added a lot of tasks to my plate. However, the fire has never burned brighter than now to finish what we started, and get some great outcomes for our fellow Australians and the planet to boot. But distracting? You bet! Sometimes losing myself in simulator tasks has been good therapy to deal with Phil’s passing, and sometimes they get ignored for days on end. Still, a couple of weeks ago, my eldest son Chris was the patsy that took it for a maiden voyage. It went pretty well, all things considered. Of course highlighting a couple of areas for immediate improvement, but we got 80% of the way there on the first go. Not bad… You can see a short video of this near the top of the Moki Prototype page. Chris wants to try out the passenger side next, and go for “a real ride”…! I had a go too, and Chris was actually a better operator than I had been! One thing I was struck with is how suitable for motorcycle use this concept is likely to be, whereas I had been thinking car and motorcycle application would be vastly different, but it seems maybe not that different after all. The concept, as patented, includes quick change operator modules – I could easily see this being a swap from a car to a…Continue reading Driving Simulator Prototype Update – Moki’s Maiden Voyage

Hello World, The Best Thing Ever to Happen to Road Safety and Driver Education Has Just Gone Public!

This project was commenced in August 2016, 20 years after I first conceived it! I had intended to just quietly work away at it until it was ready to demonstrate, but a NSW Parliament Inquiry has  been the catalyst to go public. So a patent was lodged, the website populated and a submission put to the Joint Parliamentary Committee. Now all that is done, which took about a month out of making decent progress (not to say nothing’s happened, because it has), I can get back to building the thing! In the mean time I would encourage you to have a good look around and at least sign up for regular updates to this blog (maybe monthly, we’ll see how we go there…). Of course, if you want to participate in the forums with feedback, suggestions or just general natterings (and meet the lovely Kellie), you are more than welcome to do so. Thank you for your interest, and please do join in for what is going to be a brilliant journey to make the world a safer place. I’m excited, and hopefully you are too….!