ARDDES (Distracted Driving Prevention)
Distracted Driving Prevention
Augmented Reality Distracted Driving Education Simulator (ARDDES)
Augmented reality (AR) is no longer science fiction but science fact. AR is an emerging technology that enhances reality by overlaying the virtual world over the real world, allowing you to see both at the same time.
Distracted driving is the number one cause of fatalities in ages 16 to 29. Smart devices and activities like texting while driving have caused driver fatalities to rise at unprecedented levels.
To stay at the forefront of interactive education and distracted driving prevention, PEERS introduces ARDDES – the country’s first augmented reality distracted driving education simulator.
ARDDES educates drivers about the dangers of distracted driving by using a real vehicle to simulate the driving experience. The ARDDES system does this by placing the virtual world in the windows of the vehicle allowing the driver to drive through a virtual city while seeing the actual interior of the car. This allows drivers to safely experience distractions like texting, checking social media, or using vehicle features like the radio or navigation system while driving.
1. Users will get into the driver’s seat of the car and put on an augmented headset allowing them to see a virtual world in all the windows of the vehicle. What is neat about this technology is that users are able to see what is both the real and virtual world at the same time.
2. Next, we have the drivers practice unsafe driving behaviors. These behaviors include looking at their phones, taking photos, sending text messages, etc. While doing these behaviors, the drivers are virtually driving in traffic, coming up on pedestrian stoplights and more. They’re experiencing real scenarios in a virtual world.
We fervently believe that an interactive, hands-on approach is much more effective than lecturing young people on how to drive safely. They experience for themselves how unsafe driving behaviors can lead to unfortunate outcomes.
Save lives and change driver behavior today by bringing ARDDES to your campus.
The activity was certainly an eye opener for our students. While there is no substitute for actual experience and learning, the augmented reality program takes things to a whole new level. Our students came out buzzing.
I was so impressed. What you do will save the lives of many young people.
Our kids were highly engaged and the information was well received. I appreciated it so much and hope we can have another outing next school year!
Thank you for graciously providing our students with a driving simulation they will never forget. I’d especially like to commend your staff members, Cindy and Mike for demonstrating professionalism, friendliness and patience. Your generous offering of time, equipment and personnel will certainly assist our students int their lives out of school.
I just wanted to share how much fun our students had with the texting and driving simulator event. The presenters were knowledgeable, engaging and very talented in their presentation to the students.
The children we really engaged and enjoyed all of the reactions they experienced while driving the vehicle. The students were able to learn it wasn’t as easy to text and drive as they thought, along with the dangers and consequences texting causes.
Thank you so much for having PEERS Foundation come work with our students at Laurens District 55 High School. It was a once in a lifetime experience and we know our students learned so much from the opportunity.
The students took the experience seriously. While in the simulator, they tried their hardest to avoid obstacles and saw firsthand the effects of distractions. They also enjoyed watching their fellow students spectacularly mess up.
We received overwhelmingly positive feedback from both our students and teachers about both the presentation and the experience with your team. Our kid shad a great time, all while being educated.
It was a great success! We are hopeful that it will make a huge difference in distracted driving among the students who experienced the simulator, but also the kids that they tell about it.