Virtual reality (VR) is finding its way into many parts of our lives – and onto our roads, too. A VR app, developed by Highways England, is raising drivers’ awareness of blind spots.
It has been created with truckers in mind, designed to reduce the risk of long-distance commercial vehicle drivers being involved in accidents.
The free app can be used on a smartphone and attaches to a pair of cardboard goggles. It allows drivers to experience different blind spot scenarios on motorways and A-roads. The different situations include: adjusting mirrors, identifying vehicles in blind spots, overtaking, joining a motorway from a slip road, and tailgating.
Speaking about the technology, John Walford, incident prevention team leader at the Highways Agency, explained: “We have set ourselves the long-term vision that no one should be harmed while travelling or working on our roads.”
He continued by saying the Highways Agency is “doing all we can to help reduce collisions involving lorries because they tend to have a greater impact when they do occur.”
Despite being developed for commercial drivers, the app could also give other motorists a sense of what truck drivers experience on a daily basis.
The app was on display at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham in April.