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UPS will be using VR to coach staff on how to drive and avoid road obstacles

By Nickey Ross - on 16 Aug 2017, 11:43am

UPS will be using VR to coach staff on how to drive and avoid road obstacles

Image source: UPS.

It looks like the top brass at the U.S. based United Parcel Service (UPS) has found a use for Virtual Reality (VR) in their company. According a report on The Verge, VR will be used by the UPS to coach student delivery drivers at a few of its teaching facilities next month. The training program will prepare employees who will ultimately be operating package delivery trucks. Trainees in VR headsets will be shown a simulation of the road and hazards. Additionally, the training module requires employees to identify parked cards, traffic, road signs and pedestrians.

Jeanne Lawrence, the expansion director at UPS, says that the VR experience will encompass realistic 'streetscapes', and that it complements real-world training in a fashion that deeply engages trainees.  Current touchscreen devices are to be substituted with VR headsets.

UPS plans to incorporate VR and AR into other training programs in the future. Perhaps, driving schools may also benefit by integrating VR into their curriculums.

The video below demonstrates how UPS trains their personnel with VR.

Source: The Verge.