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New GRT simulator allows drivers to practice skills

Published on August 23, 2019

Grand River Transit (GRT) bus operators are practicing their driving skills using a new driver simulator. It’s located at the Strasburg Road facility in Kitchener. In order to create a realistic virtual environment, the simulator was built using actual bus parts. The software is programmed using real bus and roadway dimensions, as well as vehicle … Continued

Bus Simulators Attract and Retain Millennial Bus Drivers

Published on August 9, 2019

Mass transit has an image problem. This is a physically demanding job that is as challenging, in many regards, as flying an airplane without the cultural cachet. “I come from the defense industry,” explains Zerry Hogan, an expert in transit and transportation training and simulation. “I started out teaching weapons systems officer training to pilots.  … Continued

Gregg County workers take crash course in better driving with FAAC simulator

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Gregg County workers take crash course in better driving with FAAC simulator
A consultant with the Texas Association of Counties instructed about 20 drivers over a two-day period at the Pct. 4 Barn in Kilgore. Pct. 4 Commissioner Shannon Brown invited the TAC after learning about the service, which has shown to practically eliminate driving incidents within the first six months of training, driving simulator consultant Don … Continued

Bus Training Simulator Increases Driver Retention

Published on July 10, 2019

According to the University of Kansas Transportation Center for Rural Transit Providers, “One of the best ways to retain drivers is to eliminate unnecessary job stress. Bus-driving, by nature, can be stressful, but there are some small changes you can make to help retain employees. Continuous training rather than short-term, intensive training when an employee … Continued

Bus Training Simulators Increase Safety Through Reduced Human Error

Published on May 30, 2019

According to a report from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT), almost all bus crashes can be attributed to one of four types of bad habits: Inattention Distraction Haste Misjudgments The DoT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) “concluded that human errors by bus drivers, other vehicle drivers, … Continued

Waco Transit System using FAAC simulator to train drivers

Published on May 15, 2018

Waco Transit System using $500,000 simulator to train drivers WACO, TX – We put our lives in their hands every single day. The training local bus drivers go through before they can drive you and thousands of others each day is not what you may have in mind. “They are better at what it is … Continued

Electric-Bus Simulator for New Flyer’s Vehicle Innovation Center

Published on February 26, 2018

FAAC Delivers Worlds Most Advanced Electric-Bus Simulator for New Flyer’s Vehicle Innovation Center Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA — February 26, 2018 FAAC Incorporated was selected by New Flyer to deliver the world’s first – bus simulator modeling New Flyers sophisticated Xcelsior® CHARGE battery-electric bus for its Vehicle Innovation Center. New Flyer, the largest transit bus … Continued

WACO Transit unveils simulator for bus-driver training

Published on February 18, 2018

WACO Transit unveils simulator for bus-driver training
When Waco Transit driver JT Colter buckled himself into the Waco Transit bus simulator for the first time last week, he slowly pulled onto a fictitious downtown street. “It is not 100 percent what you are doing out on the road, but it is definitely as real as you are going to get,” Colter said. … Continued

Taking a Front Seat to Technology at New Flyer’s Vehicle Innovation Center

Published on December 1, 2017

Taking a Front Seat to Technology at New Flyer’s Vehicle Innovation Center
During the October grand opening ceremony of the VIC, a manufacturing lab and training facility for new-technology buses, I drove a simulation bus used for operator training. It opened my eyes to the challenges bus operators face every day, even though my track was mostly obstacle free. Moreover, I took a front seat to the … Continued

FAAC Builds Industry’s First Vertical Screen Array for Transit Driving Simulators New Viewing Concept Expands Instructors’ Capability; Adds Functional Realism

Published on September 22, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Ann Arbor, MI – FAAC’s new vertically optimized screen array is being deployed for the first time after a recent contract award in Ontario. Company engineers have developed a configuration for very large format flat panel monitors, installed vertically to create a ‘sidewalk-to-sky’ viewing angle. The transit application of this engineering … Continued