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.
Thank you for visiting our school and helping to educate our students about distracted driving.
Mike and his team were amazing to work with for the General Motors UofM recruiting events. Mike and his team were engaging, flexible and educated on the simulator.
Our students and staff loved this event. It was very informative and students loved the simulation. Students talked about about how meaningful the message was and saw the damage that can occur through distracted driving.
I had a very very pleasant experience with the staff from Peers. The augmented reality really gave our students a great experience to be behind the wheel and see the effects of driving while distracted, whether it was a phone or others talking and commenting. I definitely enjoyed the experience and I know the students did as well.
This was a win, win for all parties. The staff of PEERS Foundation had a great rapport with our students. The texting and driving experience is a must for all new drivers.
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.
I honestly didn’t know how our students would respond to this opportunity. This major issue is too important, and the offer was too good, to turn down. I actually teach a Bible class later in the school day, so I asked for feedback from students who had experienced the simulation, and I received enthusiastically positive responses. One unanticipated outcome — the 10% discount on insurance when a student participates — only sweetened the feedback. Please keep up your great work with an issue
Thank you so much for coming to our school. This distracted driving program was a big hit and we heard the students talking about it long into the week. Thank you!
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.
I just want to thank you so much for having the driving simulator come to Seymour High School this week. The students learned a lot from this experience. The feedback was more than positive!