Computer simulation has been used in training of people such as learner drivers, airline pilots for many years. The advent of virtual reality (VR) adds an extra layer of realism to those simulations that allow for an experience much closer to real-world situations. UPS, one of the world’s biggest delivery companies, is using that technology to train its delivery drivers.
There are over 100,000 UPS vehicles on the roads throughout the world, many of which are on extremely crowded roads. As such, UPS have placed a heavy emphasis on safety, along with the need for prompt delivery. As such, UPS will soon be launching a program to install HTC Vive headsets in its training facilities around the U.S. to provide its drivers with immersive training in an environment as close to the real world as possible.
The VR training program was designed by the UPS IT department to recreate various scenarios that delivery drivers may come into contact with, to allow them to recognise and avoid various hazards and problems they may come into contact with.
According to Juan Perez, UPS chief information and engineering officer: “Virtual Reality offers a big technological leap in the realm of driver safety training. VR creates a hyper-realistic streetscape that will dazzle even the youngest of our drivers whose previous exposure to the technology was through video games.”
A video showing the VR training in use can be viewed below.
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