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Is Virtual Reality the future of driver training?

While many people are heralding autonomous vehicles as the future of transportation, we’re not quite there yet. As it stands, the logistics sector is in greater need of skilled human operators than ever before. As it turns out, technology, in the form of Virtual Reality (VR) driver training systems might be the key to satisfying that demand.

Driving simulators have come a long way. High-resolution, responsive graphics are projected onto immersive displays. Accurate replicas of actual driving environments, including interior detailing and functional instrumentation and controls, add to the realism and ensure that drivers are prepared for real-life scenarios. These interiors can be mounted on static platforms or on motion-controlled bases that move in response to the user experience.

New operators can familiarise themselves with the layout and functions of all control instrumentation in a safe environment. Experienced operators can hone their skills to enhance productivity, or dial up extreme scenarios that would otherwise be too dangerous to rehearse.

Instructors can monitor the operators’ progress and access a vast array of analytics to guide the training. They can access and react to weather conditions, vehicle faults and traffic scenarios in real-time.

Should the operator have an accident, the instructor simply resets the scenario. There is no danger to the learner, and no expenses arising from damage to vehicles or the environment, or from fuel and maintenance costs.

This technology is currently being used in driver and operator training systems for applications including commercial truck and equipment operators, law enforcement, and military.

UPS, one of the world’s largest logistics companies, rolled out VR training at its nine UPS Integrad training centres late last year. Students practice driving UPS delivery trucks in a replica outdoor city that has real streets and sidewalks and simulated delivery and pickup sites.

Although the future may be uncertain, there are two things we can count on: technology is going to be the driving force of the next generation of fleets, and Cartrack Singapore’s fleet-management solutions will continue to be at the forefront of this technological advancement to help you monitor your assets, reduce fuel and operating costs, and exceed your customers’ expectations.