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Program Using VR Training to Solve Nationwide Mechanic Shortage

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A participant in the Vehicles for Change program.

The virtual-first training program is an unconventional solution to a real-world problem: a significant shortage of qualified automotive technicians.

Credit: CNN

Maryland nonprofit Vehicles for Change uses virtual reality (VR) to train automotive mechanics, through a program designed to address a national shortage.

After watching an instructor demonstrate skills, students follow prompts in VR to complete procedures before going through the checklist without prompting ,ahead of real-world practice.

Vehicles for Change's Geoff Crawford explained, "We can have three people actually doing a live instruction of an oil change while I have three other people simultaneously learning that same lesson in the headset—and it's only one instructor necessary."

Crawford believes VR can help improve the pipeline of skilled garage mechanics.

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