Virtual HD, a voice-controlled, interactive simulation-based driver safety program, is being offered by Virtual Driver Interactive (VDI).

According to VDI, Virtual HD is a self-paced series of experiences developed to improve hazard recognition skills, lower accident rates and reduce distracted driving in less than 90 minutes. The program mimics actual driving experiences while on the job, including package delivery, van, or passenger car operations. Company safety slogans are displayed on billboards, storefronts, vehicles and signage passed during training, further reinforcing the message.

“Deployment of Virtual HD will offer significant reductions in training related expenses like vehicle rental, employee productivity, and instructor time while increasing training effectiveness,” said Corey Davis, beta customer and manager of training simulation and
technology at CSX Transportation. “This type of simulation-based training complements our current Smith System training by allowing drivers to actually put those principles into practice without putting them into harm’s way.”

Customers of Virtual HD can choose to have their employees go through the program using the full-size VT Series Virtual Trainer, with the realistic feel of a car, at their training centers, or in the field by using the portable, dVT43 Desktop Virtual Trainer. Both systems feature a 43-in., high definition, super-wide aspect ratio monitor.

Virtual HD provides training in these concepts:

  • Deterring distracted driving
  • Safe following distance
  • Motorcycles and bicycles visibility
  • Expert scanning techniques
  • Rapid hazard anticipation and detection
  • Parking lots safety strategies
  • Covering the brake to reduce dangers
  • City, highway, commercial and rural environments
  • Day and night situations with inclement weather conditions

“We are thrilled with the overwhelming response we are receiving from companies when they witness Virtual HD for the first time,” said Bob Davis, CEO & president of VDI. “We designed Virtual HD to provide a realistic, immersive training experience deployable at remote offices as well as large scale training centers in order to ensure seamless implementation by all companies throughout a broad range of industries.”