UPS Using Virtual Reality to Train Drivers

NEC member UPS is piloting a virtual reality training program for its drivers.

The program will focus on navigating city environments and will require drivers to identify hazards that they might not typically encounter in their training.  In addition to the virtual technology component, new drivers will still be required to shadow a veteran driver for approximately three weeks. UPS is exploring other sectors, such as the engineering department, that could also benefit from the use of virtual reality technology.

“It’s a game-changer for training,” Laura Collings, UPS training and development manager, told CNN Tech. “Nothing can really replace real-world training, but virtual reality complements it in a way that engages our employees.”

The New England Council commends UPS on their innovative use of virtual technology and commitment to ensuring their drivers are prepared on the roads. Read more in CNNMoney.

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