Is Virtual Reality the Future of Trucker Training?

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Trucking is admittedly a very cool profession, but at the same time, trucking is not a game. When drivers are behind the wheel of a big rig, sharp driving skills and quick reflexes can make the difference between safety and collisions, between life and death. Trucker training, then, is of utmost importance among semi truck drivers.

Supply Chain Digital reports that new virtual reality simulators are training truckers to become better drivers, using 3D graphics and motion simulators to immerse users in photorealistic environments and teach driving skills that help them protect both their cargo and their lives.

UPS is the first U.S. company to adopt this technology, utilizing a 3 to 6 minute virtual reality hazard-perception test. But Canada is getting in on the 3D action as well. According to, the Alberta Motor Transport Association has built multiple driving simulators, available to its members. The simulators are full-axis and full motion, which allows them to test automative and manual transmissions (up to 10, 13, and 18-speed) and select multiple categories of vehicles, from dump trucks to flatbeds.

While video gamers are excited about the new Playstation, Xbox, or Nintendo, transportation fleets are even further ahead of the curve, utilizing the newest technology available to train truckers and save lives.

Have you trained on a trucking simulator?? What was it like?? Let us know in the comments below!!


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Ethan is a Content Curator for Trader Interactive, serving the commercial brands Commercial Truck Trader, Commercial Web Services, and Equipment Trader. Ethan believes in using accessible language to elevate conversations about industry topics relevant to commercial dealers and their buyers.

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