Evaluation of Virtual Reality Snowplow Simulator Training: A Literature Review, September 2006

(2006) Evaluation of Virtual Reality Snowplow Simulator Training: A Literature Review, September 2006. Iowa State University


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Each winter, the Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) maintenance operators are primarily responsible for plowing snow off federal and state roads. Drivers typically work long shifts under treacherous conditions. In addition to properly navigating the vehicle, drivers are required to operate several plowing mechanisms simultaneously, such as plow controls and salt sprayers. However, operators have few opportunities during the year to practice and refine their skills. An ideal training program would provide operators with the opportunity to practice these skills under realistic yet safe conditions, as well as provide basic training to novice or less-experienced operators. Recent technological advancements have made driving simulators a desirable training and research tool. This literature review discusses much of the recent research establishing simulator fidelity and espousing its applicability. Additionally, this report provides a summary of behavioral and eye tracking research involving driving simulators. Other research topics include comparisons between novice and expert drivers’ behavioral patterns, methods for avoiding cybersickness in virtual environments, and a synopsis of current personality measures with respect to job performance and driving performance. This literature review coincides with a study designed to examine the effectiveness of virtual reality snowplow simulator training for current maintenance operators, using the TranSim VS III truck and snowplow simulator recently purchased by the Iowa DOT.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: driving simulators, eye movement, job performance, snowplow training, virtual reality
Subjects: Transportation > Research
Transportation > Roads and highways
ID Code: 4466
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 09 Jan 2007
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2007
URI: https://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/4466