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Virtual Driver Interactive Debuts Virtual Defensive Driver Course

October 10, 2006

SAN RAMON, CA – Virtual Driver Interactive (VDI), a provider of driver improvement simulation systems for corporations and communities, has released the Virtual Defensive Driver Course (Virtual DDC), an interactive driver improvement course designed to address driving deficiencies. VDI teamed with the National Safety Council (NSC), to develop an interactive simulation system for companies and their employees. Virtual DDC is based on NSC’s Defensive Driving Course 6/8 driver improvement course. Since its inception more than 40 years ago, more than 50 million drivers have completed the original NSC course. Virtual DDC provides the same course content as NSC’s Defensive Driving Course 6/8, while giving employees the ability to practice what is taught in the curriculum via interactive simulations, providing employees actual behind-the-wheel experience in a safe, controlled environment. Virtual DDC requires employees to pass 17 different interactive simulations, including: basic defensive driving concepts (featuring NSC’s Collision Prevention Formula); the proper use of occupant restrain systems; how physical and emotional conditions affect driving ability; dealing with uncontrollable driving conditions; the top six unsafe driving behaviors; and defensive driving techniques for dealing with driving hazards and risks. The interactive course utilizes VDI’s proprietary Performance Assessment Scoring System (P.A.S.S.), which evaluates employees on a variety of driving skills throughout the course, including vehicle startup and shutdown procedures, risk assessment, speed control, turns and lane changes, following distance, etc. P.A.S.S. also evaluates employees on 89 criteria more than 30 times per second, providing feedback on an employee’s performance. In addition, P.A.S.S. assigns every employee his or her own login and ID combo, enabling the system to ensure that all course work is completed and that all driving skills are mastered. Virtual DDC comes equipped with all curriculum pre-installed in the Virtual Trainer, a stand-alone training system designed to look, feel, drive, and react like a real car. The Virtual Trainer was developed using real car parts, including steering wheel with horn, turning signals, gear shifter, headlight switch with high beam control, three-point seat buckle, and emergency brake. The Virtual Trainer also comes equipped with three LCD monitors, giving the driver a 120-degree view of the road and the ability to identify approaching traffic 15-20 seconds down the road, as required by the Virtual DDC curriculum.
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