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UK: Additional scenarios reflecting real-life incidents and changes to the highway code have been added to a virtual reality hazard perception tool which light rail operators can use for training and as part of their recruitment processes.

The tool was funded by the Light Rail Safety & Standards Board, and has continued to evolve since it was launched in 2020.

‘The original software featured 15 developing hazard scenarios that could be included in training sessions or assessments, but now seven more have been added’, said Steve Duckering, UKTram Operations Manager.

‘These are the result of suggestions from a working group featuring representatives from the UKTram Operations Group, LRSSB and software developer Avansim who are working closely with operators to refine the technology.’

The software can be run on a mid-range laptop or desktop computer, immersing the user in a virtual world where they can encounter a variety of typical or unusual hazards in a recognisable working environment.

‘As well as providing a really useful tool for existing drivers to hone their skills, the tool can be used during recruitment to identify those with the most appropriate attitude towards risk while measuring hazard perception abilities in an objective way’, said Duckering.