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Help requested posted on 20th January 2017:

Using Virtual Reality in Road Safety

We are looking at increasing engagement with year six and upwards children. One suggestion is to investigate the use of Virtual Reality headsets for pedestrian education initiatives.

Does anyone have any information as to the effectiveness of such technology that they would care to share with us? Alternatively has anyone any experience in using this technology for pedestrian training/education?

I saw a demonstration of young driver engagement education at the RSGB Conference and am aware of Highways England involvement in evaluation for these purposes but am interested in investigating the use in pedestrian work particularly at upper primary /secondary school age. Any help/advice gratefully received.

Nick Hughes

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Response posted on 20th January 2017 by:
Paul Speight

E: Paul.speight@lfrs.org
T: 07717797792

Using Virtual Reality in Road Safety

Hi Nick
We are looking at new VR technology for use with pedestrian and have identified a system that allows the wearer to interact with the environment. Please contact me for a chat as the Fire Service are pushing forward with this technology regards Paul


Response posted on 23rd January 2017 by:
Simon Castle

E: simon.castle@met.police.uk
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Using Virtual Reality in Road Safety

Hi Nick

We've filmed using a prototype 360 camera to show how cyclists and pedestrians are at risk of being missed by the drivers of large vehicles. Our aim is to expand the 'Exchanging Places' programme (www.tinyurl.com/ExPlaces). Capacity of the programme is limited by the number of people who can get in and out of a truck's cab in the time available.

Filming is not easy. The issues include:
Light balance - especially filming inside a relatively dark cab on a bright day
Distractions - controlling what is going on around the camera while filming, and also ensuring that the viewer is looking in the right direction.

Feel free to drop me a line.

Simon


Response posted on 2nd February 2017 by:
Antonio Macedo

E: aacssm60@gmail.com
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Using Virtual Reality in Road Safety

We are using in Portugal a VR software provided by a company stablished in London. Find more information with www.forum8.com


Response posted on 2nd February 2017 by:
Brendan Hafferty

E: brendan@forum8.com
T: +442037535391

Using Virtual Reality in Road Safety

Please send me a specification of your requirements for your road safety project and I shall respond accordingly.

Kind regards

Brendan Hafferty
See: www.forum8.com


Response posted on 2nd February 2017 by:
Tom Evans

E: tom.evans@trojanVR.com
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Using Virtual Reality in Road Safety

Hi Nick

On the technical side, I could certainly be of help. I've been making VR content for around a year, making high-end experiences with people like David Attenborough, Simon Callow and Tim Peake. I've just set up a VR production agency (www.trojanvr.com) and I would be happy to answer any questions you have about the technology. We make live-action 360 videos, full CGI and interactive experiences - basically the full gamut of VR capabilites.†

I think it could work really well here and I'd be happy to chat through what you were trying to achieve and the technology requirements you would have (there's a lot!).

Best, Tom


Response posted on 9th February 2017 by:
Catherine Broadley

E: catherine.z.broadley@tmr.qld.gov.au
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Using Virtual Reality in Road Safety

The Royal Automobile Club Queensland (RACQ) have just launched a virtual reality game (using an inexpensive visor) for childrens' road safety at schools. The link to the media release can be found at: http://www.racq.com.au/about/news-and-community/newsroom/media-releases/racq-launches-virtual-reality-game-for-road-safety


Response posted on 15th February 2017 by:
Dr Catherine Purcell

E: catherine.purcell@southwales.ac.uk
T: 01443 482332

Using Virtual Reality in Road Safety

Dear all,

I thought readers of this thread would be interested to know that we have just been awarded funds from the Road Safety Trust to develop a virtual reality road safety education app, which will be tested in Welsh primary schools initially.

I'd be very happy to discuss this project with anyone that's interested.

Best,
Catherine.


Response posted on 17th February 2017 by:
Saul Jeavons

E: saul.jeavons@transafenetwork.com
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Using Virtual Reality in Road Safety

I'd advise taking a look at this: http://www.roadsafetygb.org.uk/news/5547.html and get in touch with steve@roadsafetyanalysis.org at least to keep up to date with how the research goes.

As RSA correctly say, very little is currently known about the effects and effectiveness of 360 video when used in road safety interventions, and it could do harm as well as good. Results from their study are expected in March and the full report available a short time thereafter.


Response posted on 20th February 2017 by:
James Evans

E: james@firstcar.co.uk
T: 08451 308853

Using Virtual Reality in Road Safety

Just throwing in my 10p worth to this thread!

As I'm sure many of you already know, FirstCar worked with Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service to develop their 360 crash car film. Since then, we've begun producing a further dozen films covering topics such as - cycling, motorcycling, driver vision, young driver hazard perception training/decision making and water safety.

In conjunction with LFRS we're administering the Immersive Community Education (ICE) Hub, which allows road safety teams to fund/produce films collaboratively and cuts down on duplication. Essentially, if you fund or part-fund the production of a particular film, you will have access to all other VR/360 films in the ICE Hub library.

As has already been mentioned previously in the thread, shooting 360 film requires very different storytelling/shooting techniques to traditional film. Especially when it comes to embedding BCTs and considering how best to deploy films to reach as many of the target audience as possible. FirstCar have completed the Road Safety GB Practitioner Course and have an experienced VR/360/traditional film team - I like to say we're a road safety company that does media, rather than the other way around.

For those of you attending Young Driver Focus in April (http://youngdriverfocus.org.uk) you will see presentations on the latest VR films from West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service and Hertfordshire Road Safety Partnership. Also, RSA are presenting their VR research mentioned in the previous post.

VR/360 film is certainly a very exciting development in the road safety/training world. Worth noting that itís not suitable for everything, but I firmly believe it can contribute to engagement and education is more than a few areas of road safety.

As always - feel free to drop me a call or email if there's anything we can help with.

James


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