scoop.co.nz 19 Mar, 2021 05:00 am

New Simulator For New Generation Of Drivers

New Simulator For New Generation Of Drivers
A high-tech driving simulator developed in New Zealand for New Zealand driving conditions could make young Kiwis more proficient when they get behind the wheel of an actual car, and help address the social cost of youth-related road crashes. To be piloted ...

A high-tech driving simulator developed in New Zealand for New Zealand driving conditions could make young Kiwis more proficient when they get behind the wheel of an actual car, and help address the social cost of youth-related road crashes.Gfactor Chief Executive Rhys Gardner says they were unable to find anything internationally that matched New Zealand road conditions and set about building a New Zealand solution themselves.” Young driver-related vehicle crashes take, on average, 130 young lives and cause more than 1,000 serious injuries every year in New Zealand.To be piloted in secondary schools in Mid and South Canterbury during 2021, the simulators are being developed by Dunedin-based Gfactor Technologies.

In Mid & South Canterbury between 2016 and 2020, there were on average 5 fatal and 25 serious injury young-driver (15-24 years old) related vehicle crashes every year according to crash statistics sourced from Waka Kotahi.South Canterbury has been an innovator in youth driver development, introducing a ‘first generation’ driver simulator, gifted by Fulton Hogan, and last year establishing the NZQA-approved Certificate in Commercial Road Transport (Heavy Vehicle Operation) based at Ara Institute’s Timaru campus.

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