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Added 25 August, 2017

UPS is now using VR driving Simulator to train drivers

The logistics company UPS is training student delivery drivers to spot and identify road hazards using Virtual Reality headsets that vividly simulate the experience of driving on city streets while teaching a more memorable classroom lesson. The company will begin launching VR training in September at its nine training facilities. IT experts at UPS created the VR training modules that users see and hear inside VR headsets like the HTC Vive. Students using the modules must verbally identify potential road hazards such as pedestrians, parked cars and oncoming traffic. The 360-degree view inside the headset is realistic down to the finest details. “Virtual Reality offers a big technological leap in the realm of driver safety training,” said Juan Perez, UPS chief information and engineering officer. “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.” The VR training modules replace the touchscreen devices UPS facilities currently use to teach lessons on road hazards. For now, the VR training is only for those who drive package delivery trucks. But the company is exploring VR and even Augmented Reality (AR) for training tractor trailer drivers and performing other duties throughout the operation.

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