Driving Dynamics Inc. has introduced its DrīvActiv system, a full-scale mobile simulator that will be available as part of the company's driver safety training curriculum by April 1.
The system has been engineered to bring together the benefits of training location mobility, on-site instructors and sophisticated simulator technology, according to the company.
"Research shows that simulators by themselves are not the most effective teachers, however, staffing simulators with live trainers has always been counterproductive to reaching a wide audience," said Ben Langley, Driving Dynamics' director of training. "It was critical for us to solve for this dilemma before we felt confident simulator-based training would present a step forward in offering quality driver safety education."
The flexible design of DrīvActiv simulators will allow the company to deliver multiple units for each instructor-led training course to sites across North America and will provide fleet operators access to advanced performance safety training for up to 20 drivers a day at a single location. In addition, simulator units can be ergonomically adjusted to fit each student in the seat.
In Driving Dynamics' simulator-based courses, four students working with two instructors will each be assigned his or her own simulator to engage in a segment of active practice coupled with feedback. The software component of DrīvActiv training will include scenarios that adapt-on the fly, street level and overhead views, drive-time playback and real-time performance analytics designed to diagnose driver errors, provide immediate feedback and further facilitate personal coaching opportunities.
"Today, we unveil the next generation of hands-on driver safety training courses designed to help fleet operators enhance the safety performance of their drivers," said Art Liggio, Driving Dynamics president. "This addition of simulator-based courses conducted by professional safety instructors continues this legacy and will allow a greater number of fleets to gain access to advanced performance driver training services and significantly improved results."
DrīvActiv simulators will first be offered though the company's employer-dedicated Level II Advanced Performance Safety Training course which emphasizes the proper use of vision for hazard recognition. It comprises three one-hour segments that include classroom training and simulator exercises both guided by Driving Dynamics certified instructors followed by a self-paced e-learning segment. Enrollment is contingent up completion of a one-day advanced performance behind-the-wheel safety programs available through Driving Dynamics as well as other providers. Classes are now being scheduled for 2016.