A Pilot Project to Teach Road Safety Using Desktop Virtual Reality

Emmanuel Fokides (University of the Aegean, Greece) and Costas Tsolakidis (University of the Aegean, Greece)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 136
EISBN13: 9781609602246|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-751-0.ch007
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In this work the issue of road safety education is presented. Virtual Reality can be used for this purpose with very good results. An application was developed based on a 3D video game. This application was simulating the environment of a town with traffic and contained not only all of its elements (cars, traffic lights, pedestrian crossings) but also special conditions such as night and rain. It was developed to simulate the walk of a pedestrian and could accommodate many users simultaneously. It was tested by the students of the last three grades of a primary school in Athens. The acquired capabilities of the students/users were compared with the equivalent capabilities of students that had training in the class using printed material only and with the knowledge of another group that had no training at all.
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