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January 21, 2020

VDI Wins ‘Best of 2020’ Award for Adult and Continuing Education

Virtual Driver Interactive Wins 'Best of 2020' Award for Adult and Continuing Education - Virtual Driver Interactive has been selected for the 2020 Best of El Dorado Hills Award in the Adult and Continuing Education category by the El Dorado Hills Award Program.
November 18, 2019

Teen Driving: The Most Dangerous Thing They Do

Teen Driving - The Most Dangerous Thing They Do High schools provide many valuable tools for our nation's youth. But when inexperience meets inattention, disaster happens. There is no need to restate the agonizing crash statistics for our 15-17 year olds - they are horrific. So if the single greatest threat to a teen's future is a car crash, why are most schools happy to ignore it and just leave it up to parents? Schools do not leave learning science or math up to the parents and those aren't even dangerous to your health! There is so much promising technology out there for medical breakthroughs, reusable rockets, and the potentially limitless speed and accessibility of information. As exciting as those are, NONE of them will as directly affect a teen's future as a crash does. After all, parents, school board members, and local businesses all care about teen safety but have grown accustomed to ignoring "accidents" when teens are involved. They aren't accidents - they are MISTAKES caused by inexperience and a lack of "investment" in helping them anticipate the dangers of driving. We can help. by, Bob Davis CEO & President of Virtual Driver Interactive
October 2, 2019

VDI’s GSA Contract Has Been Extended

Virtual Driver Interactive’s Awarded Competitive General Services Administration (GSA) Contract Has Been Extended - VDI announced its awarded contract from the GSA has been extended a second time.  VDI’s contract number is GS-02F-0122W and is listed under the category - Mission Oriented Business Integrated Services (MOBIS).  The contract will remain in effect until February 18, 2020 with an additional five-year extension possible.
September 17, 2019

Law Enforcement Agencies Nationwide Combat Public Enemy #1 with One Simple Decision

“Law Enforcement Agencies Nationwide Combat Public Enemy #1 Using One Simple Decision-By partnering with law enforcement officials and harnessing the power of technology, VDI has advanced highway safety nationwide by installing more than 1,000 One Simple Decision simulators in every state of the United States.
February 12, 2019

Is Your Driving Simulator a Flip Phone?

Do you know someone who still uses a "flip phone"? I'm sure you do but what does that have to do with driving simulators? Any organization that owns a driving simulator knows that they are not inexpensive. It is only natural to want to use it as long as you can to maximize your investment, right? That's just what the owner of the flip phone says, "I paid good money for this and it still works". Well, simulator training effectiveness has changed dramatically over the years and if your system is older than the iPhone 5 (2013), you are seriously missing out on all the modern features. To make matters worse, your existing simulation vendor (unless it is us) does not provide you with periodic updates for features and fixes!  There are many $10,000+ "flip phone" grade simulators out there running antiquated Microsoft operating systems, non-HD screens and clunky cockpit drive-in movie style experiences for the teens.  If you want students to realize safety is important, then the system should demonstrate that you believe it is too! by Bob Davis, CEO & President of Virtual Driver Interactive  
February 4, 2019

Peripheral Vision and Teen Tunnel Vision

I didn't see that coming!"  Famous last words after a crash.  So why is that teens have the best vision and the best reactions but absolutely the worst crash stats?  It comes down to scanning techniques. The more "focused" a person gets the more they tend to stare at a fixed point. Since teens realize they lack experience, they tend to narrowly focus their vision on the car in front of them. Good adult drivers realize that dangers and surprises tend to come from many places that are NOT in front of you: - the pedestrian about to walk out into the crosswalk, - the car approaching the intersection much too fast or - the motorcycle that is about to pass you unexpectedly that you can only see in the rear view mirror. So at VDI we decided that having a very wide field of view (sort of peripheral vision) is really, really important to learning safe driving.   For our simulators, wow, you can look left and right and even "turn your head" to see way down the street. And we measure if you did! When we are done with them they KNOW to look all around, left, right, mirrors, and even behind the car before they get in the car. So from now on they might not see the note you left them about taking out the dog or cleaning up their room, but they will see that pedestrian! by Bob Davis, CEO & President of Virtual Driver Interactive    
January 16, 2019

Fleet Management: The Cars or the Drivers?

Fleet Management:  The Cars or the Drivers?

There are many publications, trade shows and job titles that are about "Fleet Safety or Fleet Management". Some years back we thought, "this is great, these people really care about crashes." Well, the answer is "sort of".

It is all too common for "fleet" to mean really only the cost of the vehicle, gas costs, leasing terms and other asset management metrics. I'm not saying those aren't important but they never seem to include the driver involved. Your employee, the one with the family that faithfully does their job every day. Where is the department that takes the same amount of time and attention to the employee as the key "asset" they need to protect? At this point we can divide up a typical large company. HR responsible for the people? Nope, not when it comes to driving. Fleet safety? Nope, they buy, sell, maintain and repair vehicles. Risk management (sounds right doesn't it), no chance except to the extent it affects insurance policies. You would think "legal" would care since multimillion dollar lawsuits are not uncommon in traffic related deaths. Never once hear of them focused on avoiding the crashes that created the liability. Worse yet, companies that DO have some driver training offer it to only those who "drive for the job". These are the same companies that often offer gym memberships; wellness programs; CPR courses and other services that are focused on keeping employees happy and healthy. And yet, a significant reason for an employee to miss work for an extended period of time is related to themselves or their family member being in a car crash.

Where is the driving wellness initiative?

by Bob Davis, CEO & President of Virtual Driver Interactive   Virtual Hazard Detection:  Corporate Fleet Driver Safety Training [embed]https://vimeo.com/112231426[/embed]    
July 11, 2018

Maria Tiberi Foundation & WBNS 10TV Create “Maria’s Ride” to Raise Funds for Driving Simulators & Combat Distracted Driving

“Maria’s Ride” aims to raise $300K to purchase driving simulators teaching young people how to become safe drivers. - The Maria Tiberi Foundation is having “Maria’s Ride” event on September 16, 2018 at 8:00 am.  A procession of 300 cars will begin at Dublin Coffman High School and end at the Schottenstein Center on The Ohio State University campus.  The event will raise money for advanced driving simulators to eradicate the epidemic of teen driving injuries.
March 19, 2018
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Is Behind the Wheel Behind the Times? Part 2: Financial Advantages

Reduce Crash Rates & Limit Liability Exposurecar crash Vehicle crash costs can be the difference between making and missing the number. So it’s not enough to provide the information – employers must be certain that the drivers learned crash avoidance and hazard detection skills necessary to protect the fleet. Evaluating Training Choices: Behind the Wheel: Behind the Wheel can be valuable in specific circumstances such as when an employee operates a specialty vehicle with unique characteristics like a garbage truck, semi-truck or bus. It is very valuable for novice drivers learning the basic handling of a car. But for normal adults driving for their jobs, there are much more effective ways of building their skills and keeping their attention. Behind the wheel training cannot be conducted for the higher risk situations that lead to crashes such as fog, night, snow or distracted driving scenarios.   Online Courses: While web training is simple, do “read and click” web-based courses truly translate to improved driving skills for adults? Online training is useful for novice drivers and is an effective, scalable way to deliver that information.   Driving Simulators: There is a long history of scientific justification for simulators and their value for training. Air Force, Marine Corps, the Army and Navy have trained their airmen, sailors and soldiers in the rules of engagement, judgment, combat, marksmanship and indirect fire on simulators. Likewise, driving simulators put drivers in dangerous situations and measure what they do to ensure competency. Also, there is compelling evidence that simulator-based instruction provides a high transfer of learning rate on new and experienced drivers.   US Post Office Case Study Andrea Maddicks USPSIn 2015, Andrea Maddicks, Transportation Manager at US Postal Office in Queens, NY/Triboro District, recognized the need for driver safety training for her fleet of drivers.  She turned to VDI to implement an innovative approach in reducing accidents in a cost-effective and engaging method.  After recommending and purchasing a VDI desktop driving simulator with the Virtual HD program, the Triboro District recognized a 7% reduction in 2016 in MVS driver motor vehicle accidents and has continued to see a reduction through May 2017.
“VDI’s driving simulators have proven to be a cost-effective and engaging way to provide refresher training before and after accidents to our Postal Carriers and Tractor/Trailer Operators", said Andre Maddicks.  "More importantly, the simulation-based driver safety training has considerably reduced accident rates in the Suncoast District during our trial period compared to the same period last year. In fact, we have had only one backing accident since we got the simulator in Tampa compared to last year when there were 26!”
Based on the success of the Triboro District simulator decreasing accident numbers, Andrea recommended that the Suncoast District in Tampa, FL pilot the Virtual HD program.   The pilot was proven successful in reducing crash rates and Andrea has now implemented simulation training in this district as well. So while you continue to battle the war between controlling costs and improving driver safety, consider the emerging technology solutions now available in your arsenal that will provide you with a tactical edge. Coming Soon:  Is Behind the Wheel Behind the Times? Business Operations Considerations By Bob Davis & Pam LeFevre, VDI
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