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September 1, 2021

‘The Driving Experience’ School Uses VDI Simulators to Prepare Students on the Spectrum to Get Behind the Wheel

'The Driving Experience' School Utilizes Simulators to Prepare Students on the Spectrum to Get Behind the Wheel- September 1, 2021.  Students with Autism Benefit from Virtual Driver Interactive Simulation-Based Driver Safety Training.   “The Driving Experience” school is reinforcing behind-the-wheel training by providing crucial driving experience for students with special needs using VDI driving simulators.  VDI’s simulation-based technology allows “The Driving Experience” school to introduce “real world” obstacles, conditions and distractions to their autistic students in a safe and controlled driving environment.        
August 13, 2021

The Verge Magazine: Everyone Should Learn To Drive in a Simulator

The Verge:  Everyone Should Learn to Drive in a Simulator - The Verge Magazine 2014:  Drivers are learning to drive the same way they did decades ago, but there is a better way - with VDI simulators.   Driving simulators replicate actual driving experiences through all types of scenarios that include vehicle handling, scanning and hazard detection, parallel parking, and hydroplaning.
July 25, 2021

Unsafe Driving Practices Increased During COVID

The Travelers Risk Index recently announced the results of a survey conducted on distracted driving during the COVID crisis. The data shows that drivers feel the roads are safer due to less traffic and are using their mobile devices more frequently while driving. For example, texting or emailing went up to 26% from 19% pre-COVID and shopping online from mobile devices while driving went up to 17% from 8% pre-COVID. Motor vehicle deaths were up 8% in 2020 according to the National Safety Council which may have stemmed from motorists feeling the roads were safer due to less traffic and choosing to engage in unsafe practices such as speeding and using their mobile devices while driving. It's important to note that studies have been done showing that distracted driving is just as dangerous as driving under the influence which is where awareness and training come into play.
 
Many of today's drivers can benefit from driver training that includes distracted driving. That's where Virtual Driver Interactive comes in. Our One Simple Decision program was designed to modify driving behavior by illustrating the consequences of choices made behind the wheel. A survey conducted on One Simple Decision with the question, "How likely are you to drive impaired in the future?" found that 84% selected 'never' as their response after having gone through the simulation program. One Simple Decision isn't just for teens but also adults and can be a powerful tool in your training toolkit for the drivers in your organization.
  by Heather Anderson, Virtual Driver Interactive  
February 1, 2021

Automotive Fleet Magazine Highlights VDI’s Launch of Advanced Driver Safety

VDI Launches New Collision Avoidance Simulation 2021 - Automotive Fleet publication 2021:  Virtual Driver Interactive, provider of simulation-based driver training solutions for fleets is expanding their product portfolio by launching Advanced Driver Safety (ADS), the latest in a series of simulation training courses designed to challenge experienced drivers.
January 18, 2021

Virtual Driver Interactive Launches Risk Mitigation Program, Advanced Driver Safety, Focused on Reducing APMM

Virtual Driver Interactive Launches Simulation-Based Risk Mitigation Program, Advanced Driver Safety, Focused on Reducing APMM- El Dorado Hills, CA – January 18, 2021 - Virtual Driver Interactive, Inc. (VDI), the leading provider of simulation-based driver training solutions, today announced that they are expanding their product portfolio by launching Advanced Driver Safety (ADS), the latest in a series of simulation-based driver training courses designed to challenge experienced fleet drivers.  Focused on reducing accidents per million miles, ADS teaches collision avoidance techniques and provides validation to both drivers and organizations on the ability to utilize those techniques in real world situations.        
October 27, 2020

Cemtrex Completes Acquisition of Training Simulation Technology Company, Virtual Driver Interactive

Cemtrex Completes Acquisition of Training Simulation Technology Company, Virtual Driver Interactive - Cemtrex Inc. (NASDAQ: CETX, CETXP, CETXW), a technology company driving innovation in Internet of Things (IoT), security, machine vision & artificial intelligence, and augmented & virtual reality, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Virtual Driver Interactive (“VDI”), a California based provider of innovative driver training simulation solutions.

       
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 22, 2019

The “Life Bar”

Because of the way the teenage brain develops, involving teens in something active offers greater chance of achieving higher levels of engagement.

We know that everyone learns better when they are really engaged.  That applies to learning how to learning how to drive as well.   When it comes to "just driving around" even though you may be getting more experience, it still might seem pointless. For the current generation of teens, they've played many games where the length of the challenge is limited by their "Life Bar".  In other words, if you are successful (like not getting shot) then you get to play the game longer. So we thought, WOW, what a great idea for teen driver training. Now, Virtual Driving Essentials and Driving XE, our teen driver training products, have real time "life bars" running across the top of the monitors.  Safe driving earns you more time and making any errors that increase your likelihood of a crash deduct from your bar as they happen. Kids don't care about a score after they are done - they care about their score AS THEY drive. Plus, our company cares about keeping teens safe so the "life bar" holds great meaning to all of us.   By Bob Davis, CEO & President of Virtual Driver Interactive
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