Virtual reality for bus drivers rolls across Ontario to test skills

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Some Ontario college bus drivers and different emergency car operators are placing their expertise to the take a look at utilizing a high-tech simulator that places aggressive drivers of their path and even has deer leap out into the street.

The digital coaching device takes drivers by all sorts of climate, into tunnels and tight corners. It additionally will get them near different potential security hazards.

“The vehicles lower you off as a result of they simply take a look at the bus as one other car. It is tremendous irritating. They do not know it is a heavier car and stopping takes longer,” stated Chelsea Brown, a bus driver and operations supervisor for Voyago London-Middlesex. 

Brown is one in every of 150 bus drivers and 50 ambulance drivers within the London space who’ve used the simulator that is been parked within the metropolis the previous two weeks. 

Digital college bus driving simulator

CBC London’s Ryan Soulliere tried his hand at driving a faculty bus utilizing a high-tech coaching simulator arrange by transportation firm Transdev. 1:00

Parked, as a result of the software program is ready up inside a coach-style bus making it cell and out there for drivers to make use of throughout Ontario and Quebec.

The $500,000 unit is owned by the transportation firm Transdev, Voyago’s father or mother firm and different transit strains, and strikes from city-to-city for coaching. 

An organization spokesperson says security within the business is paramount and the simulator provides drivers a real sense of the street, with out truly being on it.

“The bodily senses of motion, the rumbling of the seat, and the sounds are extremely essential to replicating the feeling of driving a bus,” stated Chuck Archer, vice chairman of promoting and communications for Voyago. 

“We drive with our ears and we drive with the sensation in our palms, and all of these senses have an effect on our skill to remain secure on the street and react.”

The simulator has been constructed right into a bus permitting it to journey to cities throughout Ontario. (Ryan Soulliere/ CBC Information)

Whereas permitting drivers to dodge street obstacles and observe stopping on ice, it additionally data pace and braking. Archer says these information factors permit the bus firm to have a look at different areas corresponding to gasoline consumption. 

The simulator shall be in Kitchener-Waterloo subsequent week. It then strikes into the GTA, and from there, to Ottawa.

London Morning6:52Take a experience on a bus simulator

CBC London’s Ryan Soulliere tells London Morning about his journey driving a digital college bus on Voyago’s Transdev coaching centre’s bus simulator. 6:52

The simulator places the driving force on the wheel in any variety of climate situations. In rural settings, deer are programmed to leap out onto the street. (Ryan Soulliere/ CBC Information)

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