According to online website Trucks, United Parcel Service has been utilising virtual reality as part of their new driver safety exercises with a goal to train up-to 4,000 drivers this year. Other sources, have also stated that all new UPS student drivers must attend a week-long basic training course before setting foot in a real truck and are trained to identify potential road hazards such as pedestrians, parked cars, and oncoming traffic while wearing a headset with a 360-degree field of view.
UPS VR experiance, have been using VIVE headsets, with its software has been created to be hardware agnostics.
Using technology such as VR for training drivers, the tech could help haluage companies to combat a persistent driver shortage by expanding the pool of candidates for trucker job openings, and it has been shown that it helps to improve driver’s safety skills.
UPS program aims to train 4,000 new package delivery drivers using the VR simulators by the end of 2018, which accounts for 6% of its current 65,000 drivers.
According to a report from Forrester Research, by 2020, some 52 million virtual reality head-mounted displays will be in enterprise and consumer use in the U.S.
Virtual reality (VR) refers to computer technologies that simulate a real environment for users. Until now, it has been mainly associated with video gaming. A VR headset with an integrated 3D display gives players the feeling that they are actually present in the virtual world.
Using VR for training is becoming increasingly popular and has been used in many fields including health and medical industries, such as surgery simulations. Another example is Wal-mart which has its own VR training program, where employees use an Oculus Rift headset and enter different real-world scenarios.
Linde North America, an industrial gas suppliers, has also launched a virtual reality training course for its drivers designed to improve safety and accuracy in the loading and unloading of hazardous liquid gases. In addition to loading and unloading, the company is using the tech to allow users to explore all of the module’s platforms and study its valves and compressors from every angle. Linde has been exploring its use of the Big Data, that the company generates, and using AI, analytics and drone technology the company is preparing itself for the next evolution.