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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.        
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  
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 28, 2019

A Driver’s License Doesn’t Prove Competency

It is a common misconception that once teens pass their driver’s license test they have proven they can drive safely.  After all, that's what the test is about right?  Well, no, not even close.  The role of the DMVs, Department of Motor Vehicles, around the country is more about passing the minimum bar, and I mean the minimum amount of knowledge and competency to get your license.  In most states, teens know beforehand the route they will taking during their test.  And many intentionally avoid left hand turns. Really?  If the inspectors thought the teen was safe to drive why avoid left hand turns? Or rain? Or night?  Web-based driver training companies are trying to make it as EASY as possible to get your license. On YouTube you can look up many of the DMV tests state by state and they have all the questions and the answers clearly laid out on video assuring the teens only need to repeat the answers they know are required. Why make it so easy to go out and do the most dangerous thing they'll ever do?  While it might make a parent feel better that their teen has a license - please, please don't consider them fully capable of driving safely! By Bob Davis, CEO & President of Virtual Driver Interactive
December 12, 2018

Are Your Simulators Over 5 Years Old?

Driving simulators have dramatically improved over the last several years.  The 1950’s Aetna Drivotrainer simulator (pictured) was a combination of an automobile simulator and a movie designed for behind-the-wheel instruction in driver training classroom.  Believe it or not, even today simulators still exist on the market that use the same concept!  Just project a movie of a highway on a large screen in front of a classroom and have the students “drive” along in their simulators.  While somewhat entertaining, it is certainly does not provide the most engaging user learning experience. Unlike driving simulators of the past, today’s virtual trainers are much more targeted and effective at transferring training in a shorter period of time with far less expense.  Virtual Driver Interactive (VDI) simulators use cutting edge graphics computing power and monitor technology ensuring students are immersed in an engaging training session.  Our software programs showcase the very best combination of learning techniques, features and functions as well as the very latest in graphical engines providing superior visuals. So if you want to train your students in the most effective manner possible, it’s time to update your driving simulator.  That was then and this is now.
May 8, 2018

Millennial Employees Learn Differently

What is the Best Way for Your Company to Teach Driver Safety to the Millennial Generation?

MTV Generation Has to Teach the YouTube Generation Millennial employees learn differently probably because they grew up differently. Unlike Baby Boomers and Generation X, Generation Y (aka Millennials) grew up totally comfortable with technology. Where it becomes relevant is that there are 80 million members of this group and as more baby boomers retire, generation Y becomes a vital component of the workforce. Their work styles and career expectations are distinctly different. This group is tech-savvy and requires work to be both fun and challenging. It’s A Whole New World: The Way People Learn This current generation has grown up under the ‘digital wave’ with fast paced, individualized man-device interactions. Compared to previous generations, they have more knowledge of advanced technology. They have learned and expect to learn the same way when they join a company – fast paced, highly interactive multimedia interactions. So What’s the Most Effective Training Mechanism? Simulation training. Specifically, simulations that include hands-on training with what you actually use do and see when doing the task. The best would include the most natural interactions with the simulation experience. The more interaction involved the better. Think of the phone with a touch screen making it more personal than a keyboard. Think of SIRI where your voice controls the device’s actions. That is where we are heading with an economic model of highly interactive and realistic immersive virtual training. Better yet, the training would be conducted in an environment highly similar to the one in which the person will be working. In summary, the millennial workforce grew up in a world pervasive with technology. Using innovative training including simulation is the optimal way to engage them and teach them new concepts. By Bob Davis, CEO & President of VDI
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