Use of simulators in drivers trainingAarno LybeckTraining ManagerTTS Education
TTS Education • The biggest driver (bus and truck) training organization in Southern Finland • Founded 1924 • Turnover: 19 million Euros • Personnel: 230 people • TTS Education and TTS Research • Education in 12 sectors including Transportation • 2 Top-of-a-Range-Simulators since 2004
TTS OWNED SIMULATORS • Top of a range simulators • Bus simulator • Purchased 2004 • Made by Simrac, Finland • “Volvo” • Different lengths • Truck simulator • Purchased 2006 • Made by Simrac, Finland • “Scania” • Can be used also as a bus simulator • Different lengths and trailers
SIMULATION AND SIMULATORS • Simulation is the imitation of some real thing, state of affairs, or process. • Simulation is not the same as the reality.
USE OF SIMULATORS IN DRIVER TRAINING Initial training: Goal: First simulator, then the real vehicle To obtain on the road and ride in The vehicle dimensions of "access", driving the lane, turning at junctions, etc. The use of mirrors and the withdrawal of the vehicle Continuous vocational and initial training Proactive driving and avoiding dangerous situations Economical driving Different dangerous and threatening situations in traffic
ADVANTAGES OF SIMULATOR USE Well defined and controlled training environment. Exercises can be repeated the same until the student learns to. Efficiency. Simulator training can start immediately. No waste of time. Safe training environment. Circumstances of traffic that can not be practiced in real traffic. Advanced opportunities to provide feedback and guidance to trainees. Practices can be viewed from different angles and can measure a student's making. The simulator training is environmentally friendly. The training is homogeneous.
NOTICES ON THE SIMULATOR TRAINING Training planning and implementation needs much efforts A new way of training. Training of the instructors. Instructors are not used to plan simulator training and use the simulator. Is the simulator used as a one training vehicle? Education is a high cost per student: 1 student and 1 instructor . Simulator sickness How to avoid simulator sickness How to use simulator in training Needs in addition something else to do to the rest of the group of students when one is in the simulator May need two trainers for one group
DEVELOPMENT AND COOPERATION • Close cooperation with bus and truck operators • What the operators expect? • TTS has close co-operation with FCBO, Belgium and Aktiva, Finland • More international cooperation and knowledge exchange is needed! • TTS is open for more cooperation…
Thank you for your attention! Aarno Lybeck Tel. +358 44 714 3763 firstname.lastname@example.org www.tts.fi