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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