Developing a world-first Immersive Virtual Reality (IVR) driver training program to upskill drivers in distraction mitigation

Driver distraction represents a major challenge for reducing road trauma on Australian roads. Current approaches to prevent distracted driving by methods such as education campaigns, smartphone apps, legislation and police enforcement have had limited success. This project will design, develop and optimise the prototype of an Immersive Virtual Reality (IVR) enabled training program to upskill drivers to safely mitigate distractions whilst driving. This solution can be easily adopted with IVR technologies becoming more affordable, accessible and suitable for training. Better management of distractions will reduce the burden of road trauma.

Funding / Grants

  • QUT Early Career Researcher Scheme Grant (2021 - 2022)