WESTMINSTER, Vt. —
The PEERS Foundation is using augmented reality to teach young motorists the dangers of distracted driving.
The program lets high schoolers get behind the wheel of a real-life car while wearing a special AR headset that projects a virtual road.
Observers used sensors to track how distractions affected the students’ performances.
“Sometimes we’ll ask them to take a selfie or send a text just so they see how easy it is to get into a crash in a safe environment,” said Mike Mendenorp from the PEERS Foundation.”
Mendenorp said small choices made behind the wheel are amplified, and small distractions can have a significant impact on the lives of others.
The program is being hosted at Mansfield Union High School on Tuesday.