Virtual Reality Session Gives Students in Ireland Car Crash Insight
CORK COUNTY, IRELAND – October 6, 2018 (irishexaminer.com) Students in Ireland were able to gain powerful insight into a car crash scenario through the use of virtual reality, according to an online news story from irishexaminer.com.*
The program Your Life – Your Choice, promoted by the Cork County Council, uses virtual reality to show young drivers what a car crash looks and feels like. The program is specifically aimed at drivers between the ages of 16 and 25, who are statistically the most vulnerable on the road. Traffic fatalities are highest among this age group in Ireland, as well as many other places in the world, including the United States.
Cork County Mayor Patrick Gerard Murphy joined in the launch of the program with students from three schools in Macroom, Ireland: St. Mary’s Secondary School, De La Salle College, and McEgan College. A past vehicle accident left Murphy in a wheelchair, a fact that made the day’s program resonate more deeply with him.
“Any initiative which encourages people, particularly young people, to behave more responsibly behind the wheel is to be welcomed,” Murphy said. “It’s great to see technology being utilized for the good of our communities.”
During the demonstration, each student wore a virtual reality unit that simulated a serious vehicle accident. The students were viewing the incident as passengers in a car. They were able to witness dangerous behaviors by the drivers in the virtual cars, including cell phone use, speeding, following too closely, and driving recklessly. They also saw from the viewpoint of the passenger’s seat the aftermath of the crash, as first responders arrived on the scene.
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