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VR presents huge opportunity for radical change in driver training, says Fleet Source

Driver training specialist Fleet Source is expanding its Virtual Reality (VR) driver training programme as it looks to engage further with commercial drivers to help really change behaviour.

The business has already invested heavily in the very latest VR solutions, and these have now been incorporated into several of its training programmes including its new Safe UK Driving course, which covers all aspect of road driving in the UK, from rural and motorway to urban. The business has also developed virtual reality for its award-winning TRIP (Terrorism Risk Incident Prevention) course and its Safe Green & Efficient Module 6: Fuel Efficiency, Emissions & Air Quality.

CEO Nick Caesari said: “VR can be transformative as a training tool, as drivers are totally immersed in real life situations with no distractions.  The technology enables us to create more engaging and interactive content to test drivers’ theoretical knowledge, response and reaction times. Instead of drivers being told about a process after an incident, they are fully immersed in the scenario, within the safety of a controlled environment.”

Fleet Source says it’s now set to become the largest independent VR driver training provider in the UK, with VR to represent up to 30% of a standard 3.5-hour module in CPC.

Caesari continued: “CPC has been with us for 10 years and commercial drivers deserve a break from the PowerPoint lecture! VR presents a huge opportunity for radical change in driver training, which is both cost effective and truly engaging and we intend to ensure that fleet operators are able to fully embrace that opportunity.”

Developed by Fleet Source’s training and technology experts, the VR training solutions use real-life, 360-degree footage filmed in major cities, rural areas and motorways sourced from organisations including nationwide police forces and Transport for London.

Fleet Source also liaised with customers, safety organisations and the British Horse Society, for the equine element of the Safe UK Driving VR course.

Find out more about the Fleet Source’s VR-based training solutions at stand B0 at the Great British Fleet Event this Thursday 30 January 2020.

Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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