I learned how to drive in a VR traffic school

Now you can run over those little red cones guilt-free.

292 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

    Sponsored Links

    Autonomous cars are coming, but there's still going to be folks who need to learn how to drive. That's why VR Motion is building a VR driver's ED system to better prepare newbies for the roads.

    Gallery: VR Motion driving simulator | 6 Photos

    It's a plug-and-play system, with a customizable seat and base that can be tweaked to suit any model of car or truck. On top of that, a VR headset immerses you in this virtual world. The cockpit is designed on your average mid-range saloon, even down to the fully-rendered back seats.

    After settling in, a comforting, authoritative voice began taking me through my paces. The test is pretty basic, just getting you through cones, lane changes and emergency stops. As much as it looks and feels like a video game, it isn't, but it borrows plenty of visual elements from titles like Forza. The system, when used on a regular basis, will also begin to analyze your driving. After a while, you'll be told about your issues and be given tips on how to improve.

    The company was co-founded by race-car driver Dominic Dobson, who wanted to practice races like Pikes Peak. That particular hill climb is not available the rest of the year, so he built a simulator to fill in the gap. Judging by his success -- he won in his class that year -- it's clear that there's some utility to the system. But it's still never going to replace the real thing, especially since there are no other virtual cars, with their terrible drivers, in the sim.

    But there's clearly going to be some demand for these $100,000 machines. Oregon's police department is one such customer, using the simulator to train its elite drivers. And, who knows, give it a decade, and maybe we'll see all of the traffic schools disappear in favor of these machines.

    Click here to catch up on the latest news from CES 2018.

    All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
    Comment
    Comments
    Share
    292 Shares
    Share
    Tweet
    Share
    Save

    Popular on Engadget

    Engadget's Guide to Privacy

    Engadget's Guide to Privacy

    View
    Tesla targets Nürburgring EV record next month

    Tesla targets Nürburgring EV record next month

    View
    Mark Zuckerberg visited Donald Trump at the White House

    Mark Zuckerberg visited Donald Trump at the White House

    View
    TCL's 2019 quantum dot-enhanced 4K TVs go on sale starting at $599

    TCL's 2019 quantum dot-enhanced 4K TVs go on sale starting at $599

    View
    Google to invest record-breaking amount in renewable energy

    Google to invest record-breaking amount in renewable energy

    View

    From around the web

    Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr