UPS using VR in driver training

Logistics giant UPS is to start using virtual reality (VR) headsets as part of its delivery driver training programme, using the systems to show delivery personnel how to spot and identify road hazards.

UPS released a statement that says it will begin the roll out of the VR training programme in September at the UPS Integrad training facilities in Europe and the USA.

“Virtual Reality offers a big technological leap in the realm of driver safety training,” said Juan Perez, UPS chief information and engineering officer. “VR creates a hyper-realistic streetscape that will dazzle even the youngest of our drivers whose previous exposure to the technology was through video games.”

The new VR training systems will replace the currently used touchscreen devices that UPS use at their Integrad facilities for driver awareness. At present the VR training is only for those doing last mile deliveries, though the logistics firm is looking at how VR and even Augmented Reality (AR) could be used for tractor trailer drivers, and other areas that its workers operate.

At the moment there are eight UPS Integrad facilities in the US, as well as one in the UK and another in Europe. UPS is planning to open a ninth Integrad facility in the US later this year.

This training is designed to get their drivers operating safely at all times and to meet the brand expectations of all of UPS customers whether directly affected by the firm or out on the road.

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