Can a Driving Simulator Bring to Life the Dangers of Distracted Driving?

We represent far too many people that have been seriously injured in car crashes caused by distracted driving. One of the best ways to understand the dangers of distracted driving is to experience what can happen when you take your attention off the road while driving. But it’s obviously not an experiment most people would want to conduct – and who can blame them, given the many statistics out there about distracted driving?

Luckily, there is a way to safely experience all the pitfalls of distracted driving.Toyota has developed the TeenDrive365, a driving simulator which uses Oculus Rift, an advanced virtual reality technology, to highlight the many dangers of driving while distracted.

TeenDrive365 is a distracted driving simulator which puts you behind the driver’s seat while at the same time immersing you in a number of real-life distractions, from text messages to chattering passengers to roadway obstacles.

Driving such a simulator can be an eye-opening experience, as you try to navigate through virtual reality streets while a variety of distractions attempt to gain your attention, challenging you to keep your attention on the virtual road where it belongs.

According to Marjorie Schussel, Toyota’s Corporate Marketing Director, “Oculus Rift provides a virtual reality driving experience that mirrors real life behind the wheel, giving us a powerful, one-of-a-kind way to show parents and teens how everyday distractions can affect their ability to drive safely. This is the most innovative example of how we’re helping teens and parents become safer drivers together through our ongoing Toyota TeenDrive365 initiative.”

Want to experience Toyota’s Oculus Rift distracted driving simulator? Toyota will be featuring the simulator at auto shows across the country this year. You can check out upcoming event schedules here.

After a car accident, an experienced attorney is one of the few people who will advocate for your best interests. Robert Greening is the principal attorney at Greening Law, P.C. He has dedicated his 24 years of practice to the litigation of wrongful death and serious injury cases. If you have any questions, contact Greening Law, P.C. at 972-934-8900.