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UPS Starts Training Drivers in VR to Improve Safety

Starting in September, UPS will add Virtual Reality (VR) to their training programs. Headsets such as the HTC Vive and gaming wheels will help drivers avoid road hazards. The VR headsets will replace the touchscreen devices UPS facilities currently use to teach lessons on road hazards.

“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.”

For now, the VR training is only for those who drive package delivery trucks. But the company is exploring VR and even Augmented Reality (AR) for training tractor trailer drivers and performing other duties throughout the various UPS operations.