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Fleet Source expands virtual reality driver training programme

People using VR headsets

Fleet Source is undergoing a major expansion of its virtual reality (VR) driver training programme.

Developed by Fleet Source’s training and technology experts, the VR training solutions use real-life, 360-degree footage filmed in major cities, rural areas and motorways sourced from organisations including nationwide police forces and Transport for London (TfL).  

Fleet Source CEO, Nick Caesari, said: “It really is time for something new in driver training and we’ve invested heavily in the very latest VR solutions to bring learning to life for commercial drivers.

“Our bespoke content and leading-edge equipment is designed to truly engage with professional drivers, using real life experiences in order to change behaviours, make our roads safer and save lives.”

He continued: “We’ve had tremendous feedback from fleet professionals for the VR packages we’ve produced within our training portfolio so far, with one customer reporting that 97% of drivers thought it was a positive experience.”

Fleet Source is now planning to extend the technology across more courses, including Safe UK Driving, Terrorism Risk & Incident Prevention (TRIP) and Safe Green & Efficient Module 6: Fuel Efficiency, Emissions & Air Quality.

VR will represent up to 30% of a standard 3.5 hour module in CPC.

Caesari added: “VR can be transformative as a training tool, as drivers are totally immersed in real life situations with no distractions. 

“The technology enables us to create more engaging and interactive content to test drivers’ theoretical knowledge, response and reaction times.

“Instead of drivers being told about a process after an incident, they are fully immersed in the scenario, within the safety of a controlled environment. 

“CPC has been with us for ten years and commercial drivers deserve a break from the PowerPoint lecture. VR presents a huge opportunity for radical change in driver training, which is both cost effective and truly engaging and we intend to ensure that fleet operators are able to fully embrace that opportunity.”

Fleet Source liaised with customers, safety organisations and the British Horse Society, for the equine element of the Safe UK Driving VR course.

Fleet Source is the UK’s largest independent Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (DCPC) training provider and the largest provider of professional driver training for the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).

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