After a successful trial this month, Falco Construction has started using virtual reality (VR) technology in Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) driver training.
The contractor and utilities firm will now require all its drivers to attend a Work Related Road Risk (WRRR) course, organised by driver-training specialist Fleet Source, at its dedicated training suite in East London.
During the course, trainees use VR headsets to experience an immersive 6-hour session that includes live scenarios filmed from a variety of perspectives – inside the vehicle, cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders – to simulate typical situations they are likely to encounter and how to react and respond to them correctly.
Jason Shreeve, Falco’s fleet & facilities manager, commented: “This is a major step-change in the way we receive driver CPC training.
“The VR module really brought the scenario training to life and was much more thought-provoking and engaging than the traditional classroom-based instruction.”
Falco is accredited by the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) and has around 130 vehicles in total including more than 100 3.5-tonne light commercial vehicles.
The company, which has used Fleet Source for CPC driver training since 2017, plans a further nine VR sessions for later in the year.
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