Virtual Buses For Novice Drivers

BUSES MAY SEEM LIKE ancient technology in the age of the Information Superhighway. But at the New Jersey Transportation Dept., the old and the new are merging. The state agency is using multimedia and virtual-reality technologies to help train more than 600 new bus drivers and give 1,000 veteran ones refresher courses. First-time students start off by sitting at lifelike bus consoles and watching computer-driven images on a theater-size projection screen. A computer tracks their reaction times and competency as the drivers try to cope with various scenarios such as icy road conditions.

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