HVD3 is a state-of-the art, 3D interactive driving tool developed for the New Zealand road transport industry in conjunction with three dimensional visualisation experts, Urban Voyage.
The computer-based tool is designed to supplement driver training in heavy vehicle control in a low-cost, low-risk environment.
3D animation technology allows trainee drivers to be in the ‘driving seat’ of a heavy vehicle from their PC, before driving on the road.
The tool also allows industry trainers to demonstrate how loaded vehicles react in a range of scenarios such as cornering at roundabouts or in sudden stop situations in rigid, truck and trailer and semi trailer vehicle simulations. Load distribution, following distances and speed are brought into focus to consolidate learning and add knowledge that can be applied directly out on the road.
There is also a free ride option that will aid memory retention by allowing trainees to manoeuvre the vehicle themselves.
Key topics included in HVD3:
• Heavy vehicle control issues
• How a heavy vehicle behaves on the road
• Testing stopping and following distances,
• Positioning secured and non secured loads
• A centre of gravity indicator
• Trailer swing and jack knife in sudden stop situations.
For a demonstration, check out YouTube
A copy of HVD3 costs $25 (including GST and postage) and can be purchased here or by calling 0800422665 (have your credit card handy).