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Swappable Panels for Public Transport Simulation Training

Published on October 8, 2021

Swappable Panels for Public Transport Simulation Training
As we’ve discussed in the past, one key to the effectiveness of public transport simulation training is “presence“—i.e., the trainee’s convincing subjective experience of being in an actual vehicle. As Rob Raheb (an internationally published author and expert in simulation and driver training) has noted: “The more realistic the simulation is, the more ‘buy in’ … Continued

EV Bus Driver Training to Combat “Range anxiety”

Published on August 20, 2021

EV Bus Driver Training to Combat “Range anxiety”
It’s no wonder that coach companies and transit agencies are investing millions in new electric buses. In many regions, shifting to EV mass transit will be a game changer. And mass transit, with its emphasis on low-speed stop-and-go driving is perfect for EV buses relying on regenerative braking, turning that traditional fuel-waster into a valuable … Continued

Using Public Transport Simulation Training to Address post-COVID Transit Operator Shortage

Published on June 10, 2021

Using Public Transport Simulation Training to Address post-COVID Transit Operator Shortage
  Even before COVID, there was a nationwide shortage of mass transit operators. More than a year of disruption has only made it worse. While we’re hopefully rounding the bend on COVID, experts now largely agree that herd immunity is not in the immediate future. This is our moment to re-assess how we get things … Continued

Simulation Training Technology: Three Questions to Ask Before Buying a Bus Sim

Published on June 1, 2021

Simulation Training Technology: Three Questions to Ask Before Buying a Bus Sim
  Investing in simulation training technology is serious business. For many agencies, this is a “once-in-a-lifetime” purchase—especially if stakeholders cannot easily see a clear return on the investment.  A poor start can leave a training program floundering for years. Asking these three questions before you begin weighing your options is an important step in building … Continued

Simulator Training Tip: Use Accurate Non-Virtual Custom Cabs to Ensure Training Transfer

Published on May 25, 2021

Simulator Training Tip: Use Accurate Non-Virtual Custom Cabs to Ensure Training Transfer
  We already know that simulator training is excellent for introducing novice operators to large commercial and transit vehicles. But is every driving simulator equally suited to training basic skills? In 2010 researchers took a detailed look at the training of 100 large vehicle operators. (This work was ultimately published in 2011 in the journal … Continued

Starting Out Right with Simulation Training Technology

Published on May 10, 2021

Starting Out Right with Simulation Training Technology
  No piece of simulation training technology can “fix” a broken training program—or replace one entirely. But the right sim can be a powerful tool for improving any training program. The key to a successful rollout is to start with a clear idea of what “success” looks like. Establishing a Focused Goal for your Simulation … Continued

Bus Driving Training: Using Your Sim to Rapidly Teach the Fundamentals

Published on May 4, 2021

Bus Driving Training: Using Your Sim to Rapidly Teach the Fundamentals
  The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is the fifth-largest transit authority in the U.S. They’ve relied on simulation-based bus driving training since 2006. In recent years they’ve discovered that their sims are especially good for teaching driving fundamentals to new operators. According to expert instructor Derek Sullivan, “I find the most use [of the … Continued

Using Simulator Training Technology to Safely Develop Mastery

Published on April 27, 2021

Using Simulator Training Technology to Safely Develop Mastery
  Advances in simulator training technology have made it possible to overcome the roadblocks that regularly prevent adults from truly mastering new and complex skills. In 1980 Stuart and Hubert Dreyfus—working at the University of California, Berkeley and supported by the U.S. Air Force—formulated the “Dreyfus Model” of Adult Skills Acquisition. They sought to analyze … Continued

Getting Results with Public Transport Simulation

Published on April 13, 2021

Getting Results with Public Transport Simulation
  Public transport simulation technology isn’t a solution by itself—it’s a tool for extending and supercharging your entire training program. But like any powerful, complex (and expensive!) tool, an organization cannot get the most out of it if no one takes “ownership” of that tool. Billy Cameron has spent his career in transit. Over the … Continued

How to Use Simulator Training to Decrease COVID Risks

Published on March 29, 2021

How to Use Simulator Training to Decrease COVID Risks
  This is not our last pandemic. Even with viable vaccines beginning to reach people, COVID itself will be with us for a long time, as will similarly infectious diseases. Fortunately, simulator training technology helps transit agencies reduce a spectrum of risks—not just those that pop up behind the wheel. COVID hasn’t just complicated mass … Continued