Central University of Queensland (CQUniversity) researchers are improving train driving simulations with augmented reality in order to facilitate drivers' skills development. The system enables drivers to engage in real-life situations in which they are given various scenarios and are shown the what-if consequences of their actions. "Naturally, tools that are congruent with the way train drivers see the world provides the opportunity to train much faster," says CQUniversity's Anjum Naweed.
The researchers, who received a grant from the Australian Research Council Linkage Project to further develop driver training technologies and techniques, will use a full-cab rail safety research simulator that can collect human performance data for freight and passenger operations using real-world track scenarios. They also are developing animation-based tutorials for law students to encounter and respond to real client situations via avatars.
"Rail simulators have been around for a bit, but we haven't really been able to accelerate driver training because the way trains and simulators display the operating environment is fundamentally different to the way drivers actually encode this information in their heads," Naweed says.
From Computerworld Australia
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