This Tool is Revolutionizing Driver Training
Driver training in the trucking industry has always been a highly-discussed topic. The industry seems to be widely divided on this issue, with some thinking that the BTW law should be instated and others believing that it is not necessary.
However, everyone is on the same page that truckers should be trained to an extent before getting their license. There is a technology that is changing the game of driver training. If it succeeds, we may never see the BTW law again.
What is this tool?
With all of the technologies creeping into the trucking industry, it may be difficult to keep up with all of the new trends. Well, this piece of technology can be seen anywhere from a video game store to the UPS training facilities: Virtual reality headsets.
This piece of technology is no longer a toy; it is being used to train drivers to take the road. Why is this occurring? How will it help the trucking industry?
Allow us to inform you.
What is it?
You may be asking yourself “what are virtual reality headsets, and what are they doing in my industry?” Good question. Well, virtual reality technologies and headsets are devices used to put the user in a 360-degree simulated world. What this means is that the person using the device feels as if they are driving the truck, as they can look and act in the same manner that they would if they were behind the wheel. Now, more on to why this tool is being utilized in the trucking industry.
Why is this tool being used in the trucking industry?
It’s not unknown that the trucking industry is suffering immensely from a driver shortage across the country. This could ultimately lead to delayed deliveries, and further slowdown our already struggling economy. The industry does not need any more hiccups, especially considering that according to an American Trucking Association 2015 report, the trucking industry may face a shortage of almost 175,000 drivers by 2024.
However, targeting a younger audience with various tactics is crucial to help alleviate the driver shortage. With flashy new training devices, a younger audience may be more compelled to become a truck driver.
Just like in certain driving training, truck drivers are thrown into certain circumstances that they must be ready to react to. The great thing about this technology is that the companies can simulate the exact scenario they want to and watch how the driver responds without putting the driver in danger. Now drivers can virtually experience some hazards while driving a truck without actually having to drive a truck.
3.How is this done?
Virtual reality training has already started to occur across many different professions. Walmart has already adapted this type of training. Now, Mack Trucks are utilizing Virtual Reality as well as UPS. Mack Trucks have not invested as much as UPS has, with doing their training through their app and using Google Cardboard as their headsets. However, UPS used an eight person team to create their own program that is viewed through the Vive Headset.
If you are already a driver, should you expect to be affected by this? Possibly. This tool can allow truckers to re-create accidents and learn what they could have done better next time. The bulk of the people being affected will be the new truck drivers in the industry.
This type of training is not going anywhere. UPS has stated they want to train 4,000 package delivery van drivers in this way by the end of 2018. Dominic Dobson, former race car driver and co-founder of VR Motion, said “Without a doubt, this is the future of driver training.”
It seems that truckers should start getting familiar with virtual reality because its’ presence is becoming more and more of a reality by the second.