An account is given of the defensive driving package developed by interactive video specialists Video Media at the request of Shell International. Faced with a large number of accidents particularly in the Third World, Shell saw a need to improve driving techniques. The user is shown a view of the road on the screen as it would be seen by a lorry driver and commands based on decisions made are entered via the keyboard. The 'driver' is confronted by a series of hazards with their imminence and severity indicated by clues which the driver would normally see. Appropriate actions must be taken and the operators' reactions are classified as 'in time', 'late' or 'too late'. The video is accompanied by an engine sound-track complete with gear changing and the sound of breaking glass. Drivers are introduced to the use of a keyboard by means of a static vehicle check and there is a practice run before the test run. The computer stores 20 potential accidents which occur in a random sequence. The drawbacks of the package are discussed such as the artificiality of the situations and its expense.

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    Reed Business Publishing Limited

    Transport Division, Quadrant House, The Quadrant
    Sutton, Surrey SM2 5AS,   England 
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  • Publication Date: 1989-8-31


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 34-36
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 170
    • Issue Number: 4334
    • Publisher: Reed Business Information, Limited
    • ISSN: 0010-3063

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00604165
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1991 12:00AM