VR Videos Put Professional Drivers’ Rail-Safety Knowledge to the Test

VR Videos Put Professional Drivers’ Rail-Safety Knowledge to the Test
Published: 30 June 2019 - 11:15 a.m.
By: PMV Staff
Operation Lifesaver (OL), a national not-for-profit dedicated to rail safety, is raising awareness about Canada’s 40,000 rail crossings, and the hazards they can pose to bus and truck drivers specifically. To mark International Level Crossing Awareness Day, OL has unveiled two new Train to Drive virtual-reality (VR) videos, designed to test whether professional drivers know the rail safety rules and how to respond in life-or-death situations such as stalling on the tracks.

“Vehicle-train collisions can happen in a split second, with tragic consequences,” said Sarah Mayes, National Director of Operation Lifesaver Canada. “In designing these Train to Drive videos, we tried to incorporate some of the real-world challenges that bus and truck drivers face near tracks and trains, to actually test their decision-making abilities in real time.”

Collisions at road-rail crossings are tragically common in Canada. In 2018, there were 167 such incidents which killed 19 people and seriously injured another 42.

“Our hope is that drivers, trucking and bus companies, driving schools, and even governments will use this program, and that OL’s "Look. Listen. Live." rail safety message will resonate with them,” said Mayes.

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