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Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority instructors may have just taken possession of their new FAAC driver training simulator, but this is not its first bus roadeo.
MTA instructors have been using driving simulation as part of their overall training program for years. So when it came time for an upgrade, they used their experience and knowledge to conduct a thorough search of available transit training products.
The result was the acquisition of FAAC’s flagship MB-2000.
“We’ve had simulation before and we wanted to upgrade what we had,” said Kym Turner, MTA’s Training Manager. “We researched what was available and FAAC had everything that we needed. We love the technology that they had and the advancements to the simulation experience were great.”
Because of their past experience using simulation, Turner has a full menu of uses for their new MB-2000, including new hires, refresher and remediation training, and driver training for maintenance personnel as well.
“I am confident we will be able to reduce safety violations and safety accidents in the future,” Turner said.
FAAC’s MB-2000 comes with the industry’s only real physical mirror setup, and it was an important reason for MTA’s selection. Real mirrors enable operators/students to perform the correct viewing techniques, and have the same consequences, as operators on a real bus.
The MB-2000 also comes with nine separate viewing screens for almost complete immersion of the student in the virtual driving world. The system’s After Action Scenario Review (AASR) will enable instructors to replay students’ driving exercises and analyze, critique, and remediate improper driving. The AASR system consists of a bullet camera in the corner of the driving cab and software to sync that captured video with a replay of the student’s driving exercise. This integration shows the front windshield view of the driving exercise along with the student’s head and hand position.
Managers at FAAC were pleased, but not surprised, to see another second-generation customer re-committing to simulation technology by replacing their first-generation simulator with a FAAC product.
“Practically every day we hear about situations like this, where a training group already has a simulation device and now want to explore their options to get to the next level of training simulator,” said FAAC’s Executive Director of Commercial Business Development David Bouwkamp. “Training in general is being taken more seriously and customers want the best in training capabilities, including simulators. FAAC’s focus on the role of the trainer, the training experience, and the value added we bring beyond the simulator itself have all led to our prominent position in simulation training worldwide
For more information on FAAC’s transit products and services, contact Clayne Woodbury at 734-761-5836 or visit the website at faac.com.