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Bus Driver Training that Increases Awareness, Decreases Accidents

Published on September 7, 2020

Bus Driver Training that Increases Awareness, Decreases Accidents
  Bus during training programs that rely on traditional closed-course driving can struggle to truly test operators’ situational and hazard awareness. Fortunately, these are areas where “permission to fail” simulation training is known to shine.   Simulation Supported Bus Driver Training in Champaign-Urbana Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) in Illinois has been using FAAC bus … Continued

Simulation Training and the “Permission to Fail”

Published on August 17, 2020

Simulation Training and the “Permission to Fail”
  We’re too hung up on being right—that’s the conclusion of a 2017 article in Annual Review of Psychology: “Although error avoidance during learning appears to be the rule in American classrooms, laboratory studies suggest that it may be a counterproductive strategy.” Reviewing more than 60 years of academic literature, Janet Metcalfe (a psychology professor … Continued

What Race Car Drivers Can Teach Transit Operators about Driver Simulation

Published on August 3, 2020

What Race Car Drivers Can Teach Transit Operators about Driver Simulation
  Max Verstappen isn’t even old enough to rent a car in the United States, but he’s a remarkably distinguished auto racer: Verstappen is the youngest driver to compete in Formula One (F1) racing, the youngest driver to lead a lap during a Formula One Grand Prix, the youngest driver to set the fastest lap … Continued

FAAC and XVR to bring VR training to the next level in the US

Published on July 10, 2020

FAAC and XVR to bring VR training to the next level in the US
  FAAC upgrades its incident management simulator, inCommand, with the state-of-the-art XVR Simulation Platform Leading simulation manufacturer FAAC Incorporated (Ann Arbor, MI) has teamed up with the world leader in emergency response simulation training, XVR Simulation (the Netherlands). Together, they introduce the most immersive and realistic incident management simulation training platform available to US Fire … Continued

Using CDL Simulators to Protect Truckers on the Road

Published on April 27, 2020

Using CDL Simulators to Protect Truckers on the Road
  According to the latest reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, even as driving in the United States gets safer, CDL trucking continues to cost lives —especially among CDL operators themselves. Truck operator fatality rates are now at their highest level since 1988. According to the report, “There were 36,560 people killed in … Continued

Active Learning and Fire Simulation Training

Published on April 20, 2020

Active Learning and Fire Simulation Training
  One of the reasons that simulation training can be so much more effective is that it is an inherently engaging active learning opportunity. All training methods lie on a continuum. At one end are the most “passive” learning methods. Passive teaching methods strictly give information and encourage very little engagement. Examples include lectures, PowerPoint, … Continued

1.8M In New Awards for FAAC’s and MILO Range

Published on April 16, 2020

Ann Arbor, Michigan – April 14, 2020 – Arotech Corporation’s Training and Simulation Division (ATSD) announced that it has received $1.8M in orders from its U.S. Department of State Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity contract vehicle. These orders call for the delivery of 3 FAAC police driving simulators and 12 MILO Range Tactical Judgment Skills Simulators … Continued

Simulation-based Situational Awareness Training: Making City Streets Safer

Published on April 13, 2020

Simulation-based Situational Awareness Training: Making City Streets Safer
  “There’s not too much that can win an argument with a streetcar”—but motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists keep picking that fight: (footage courtesy of the Australian Capitol Territory ) Driving is already a remarkably dangerous activity. It only gets worse on city streets, where so many vehicle types—private motor vehicles, bicycles, and mass transit—share congested … Continued

Using Your Bus Driving Simulator for Accident Reconstruction

Published on April 6, 2020

Using Your Bus Driving Simulator for Accident Reconstruction
  If your driving simulator allows for custom scenarios, you’ve probably used that function to reconstruct an accident. This is an excellent way to address an operator’s issues with laser-like accuracy and quickly get them back on their routes. But you can get even more bang for your buck if you take those reconstructions, and … Continued

Data-Driven Fire Simulators and Models: Better Data Makes Better Firefighters

Published on March 30, 2020

Data-Driven Fire Simulators and Models: Better Data Makes Better Firefighters
  Fire simulators and fire-fighter training have not been left out of the age of “Big Data.” For example, the City of Atlanta Fire Rescue Department has worked with analysts from the Data Science for Social Good project to streamline their inspection process. This ultimately resulted in Firebird, an open-source framework that uses algorithms to … Continued
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