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RAC Foundation funds exciting new research project into use of VR for road safety testing and training content

The RAC Foundation have commissioned Jellylearn and Nottingham Trent University (NTU) to undertake a unique research project about the pros and cons of using Virtual Reality (VR) v non VR for hazard perception testing and training content. NTU will be the lead on the project with Jellylearn developing a 360 degree 10 minute long CGI clip depicting various types of road hazards based on the same format and fidelity as the current HP test as used by the DVSA, who incidentally, will also be contributing valuable resources to the project.

The clip will also contain other road hazard scenarios that are currently not included in the HP test which are based around a hazard prediction model. This is where the screen freezes at  a pre-determined point in the clip and the candidate will be presented with several options, based on what they have seen and these options the candidate will need to make a decision as to what they believe is the right thing to do next, this is sometime known as situational awareness. NTU will undertake an in-depth research project using the clip to evaluate and understand how candidates perform in these tests comparing the results of using a VR headset against not using one.

These results will be published later on next year and will be pivotal as to how content for testing and training for road safety initiatives develops in the future.

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