What’s got virtual reality to do with driving? Most definitely it is not a good idea to put on an Oculus Rift headset while driving. But Toyota found a way to bridge the gap between the two. Toyota’s new app for Oculus Rift virtual reality aimes to raise awareness regarding “distracted driving” risks. So the app is to be used when bikers and drivers are safely off the road.
As a parent, there’s presumably nothing more worrisome than seeing your teens in the driver’s seat. You think about the possibility that they’re not cautious. Do they comprehend that streets are brimming with diversions? You imagine that they play music loudly and can’t hear what’s happening around them.
Toyota teamed up with Facebook’s Oculus Rift and decided to tackle these issues. Announced at the Detroit Auto Show, the Teendrive365 app is boasted as a “distracted driving test system”. The application encourages individuals to drive securely in the midst of distractions from virtual instant messages, travelers, radio tuning and traffic clamor.
Toyota has set up the program and Oculus Rift equipment in a stationary auto on its booth at the show. Visitors are able to drive virtually utilizing the auto’s wheel and pedals, and the headset’s screen will display the outcomes of their virtual driving focus. The application is a piece of a more extensive campaign to advance awareness of diversions while driving, which Toyota started at the end of 2013. The organization intends to take the VR edition on tour to auto shows over the US in the following months.
Toyota’s corporate marketing chief Marjorie Schussel made a few statements at the launch of the app. She remarked that Oculus Rift gives a VR driving experience that replicates real-life in front of the wheel. She also noted that the app offer the company the possibility of a unique and effective approach to show teenagers and parents how common distractions can influence their capacity to drive safely.
Teendrive365 is only one of the increasing numbers of apps being created for Oculus Rift that go past the gadget’s origins in gaming, from music-production applications for physically-handicapped kids to applications that unwind apprehensive patients in healing centers or help treat post-traumatic anxiety issue in troopers.
The headset’s creator, Oculus VR, was purchased by Facebook for $2bn in 2014. For the time being, Oculus Rift is just accessible in developers’ editions. However the organization is planning to dispatch its first buyer version before the end of 2015.
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