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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

Modern Policing: Stop Changing Rules, Instead Change Minds

Published on April 21, 2021

Modern Policing: Stop Changing Rules, Instead Change Minds
  It’s amazing how much traction “de-escalation” training has received lately. Unfortunately, modern policing is too focused on what we do “at the scene” in dealing with a critical incident.   We all know that true “de-escalation” starts way before we arrive on the scene. “De-escalation” for police must begin in the locker room, as … Continued

Responding to the Emergency – Safer

Published on April 13, 2021

Responding to the Emergency – Safer
  FAAC’s fire truck driver training simulator supports simple-to-complex, individual and team training. The levels of this platform’s-based training are increasingly diverse and challenging, and broadly range from basic driving skills, through emergency response scenarios and then up to a higher level of emergency response scenarios occurring with critical incidents and taking place “on the … Continued

Getting Results with Public Transport Simulation

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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

Police Pursuit Driving, Officer Liability, and “State-Created Danger”

Published on March 15, 2021

Police Pursuit Driving, Officer Liability, and “State-Created Danger”
  Legal liability—in the form of a “Section 1983” lawsuit targeting law enforcement or an accusation of “state-created danger”—is a constant threat to any community government. It’s been established that immersive simulation-based training tools are a uniquely powerful tool for increasing public safety (by better preparing officers for whatever the street might throw at them). … Continued
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