First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com
A new scheme in France aims to give highway police a first-hand view of what to expect in high speed incidents – without putting anyone at risk.
Egis has launched the training module for motorway patrollers using a virtual reality (VR) headset and handheld controls. In conjunction with French start-up Immersive Factory it offers training on motorway safety and callout procedures as part of Egis’ contract to operate the A63 motorway between the villages of Salles and St. Geours-de-Maremne.
Egis says the VR headset provides a realistic immersive environment where the traffic noise, vehicle speed and weather events have been reproduced. Behind the wheel of a virtual vehicle, the patroller is faced with a random incident such as a broken-down vehicle or a serious accident causing injuries or involving hazardous substances.
The training simulates a real-life situation in which the patroller only has a few seconds to decide where to park the vehicle and what warning signs to use, the company adds.
Patrollers working on the A63 will receive a certificate after completing the course while more experienced team members will participate in the training module twice a year to keep their knowledge up to date. Egis is aiming to train around 34 patrollers and six team leaders by December.
The training module is available via the Immersive website.
Egis was chosen to operate A63 by concession company Atlandes.