UPS credits VR training for lower crash rates

Parcel delivery giants enjoy slight downturn in crash rates

UPS virtual reality driver training

UPS say an investment in better driver training, including cutting-edge virtual reality-based training, has helped the business reduce its accident rate.

The parcel delivery giants have just released their latest annual sustainability report showing the number of crashes involving their vehicles was down on the year before.

It was only a 1% drop in accidents, across a delivery vehicle fleet of 119,000 vehicles that represents a frequency rate of 8.95 accidents per 100,000 hours of driving.

UPS is targeting a rate of 8.75 accidents by 2020.

During the year, UPS spent $209 million USD on safety training, as well as expanding the use of collision mitigation systems on vehicles.

More than 11,000 UPS semi-trailer trucks operating in North America now have the tech.

But it’s the use of virtual reality (VR) driver training that is also being credited for helping cut the crash rate.

As seen in the video below, trainees wear VR headsets with 360-degree visuals to practice defensive driving during real-world simulations…

David Abney, chairman and chief executive of UPS says the focus on improved safety is paying off for the company.

“With these investments bolstering our health and safety programs, we expect to continue to lead the industry with low accident and injury rates.”

Have you ever experienced VR training? What was it like? Is there a place for this in driver training/heavy vehicle licensing in your opinion? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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