Simulation as a Tool for Enhancing Commercial Driver Skills and Recertification: Follow-On to the Virtual Check Ride System

The Virtual Check-Ride System (VCRS) is a scientifically validated virtual alternative to the traditional Commercial Driver License test. The VCRS combines computer-based training (CBT) with simulation to create a valid replication of the current CDL process. The CBT portion includes multiple choice tests with questions on general knowledge, air brakes, and combination vehicles, and a virtual pre-trip (VPT) walk around inspection. The VPT guides the driver around the truck and requires the driver to identify the key inspection points based on CDL requirements. The third portion of the system consists of a simulation-based driving skills test. A truck simulator is used and the driver is required to perform the driving maneuvers required by the CDL test. The system has effectively replicated the on-pad and off-pad driving scenarios. These scenarios have undergone detailed scientific examination and provide a valid virtual alternative to the actual driving scenarios required by the CDL test. This blend of technology has proven to be a valid alternative to the traditional CDL test and has the potential to meet challenges facing the transportation community such as more objective driver testing, performance-based renewals and reduction of fraudulent licenses. This system is dynamic and adaptable to varying organizations and has been shown to also offer a tailored remediation capability and an alternative to annual driver training. Since both the CBT and the simulation scenarios have been independently validated, organizations can choose which aspects of the system best fit their needs. The VCRS has advanced and is evolving into a highly sensitive diagnostic and remediation system for the transportation community, both industry and industry training wide applications.

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    University of Central Florida, Orlando

    Center for Advanced Transportation Systems Simulation
    4000 Central Florida Boulevard, P.O. Box 162450
    Orlando, FL  United States  32816-2450

    Florida Department of Transportation

    Office of Project Management, Research and Development
    605 Suwannee Street, MS 30
    Tallahassee, FL  United States  32399
  • Authors:
    • Tarr, Ronald
    • Whitmire II, James D
  • Publication Date: 2008-3-31


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 65p

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  • Accession Number: 01108729
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: BD-548-10
  • Contract Numbers: BD548/RPWO10
  • Created Date: Aug 4 2008 10:20AM