Toyota Material Handling (TMH) is collaborating with the Toronto-based virtual reality company, VR Vision, to develop VR-powered Training resources for its training programs. The initiative aims to provide enhanced training for onboarding service technicians and other professionals to the company.
“Our vision is to provide a learning environment that resonates with current and future generations of technicians,” said Holly Brotzman, TMH’s Dealer Training Manager.
A massive bottleneck in delivering conventional training programs effectively is the lack of product inventory, particularly heavy-duty equipment, at all of the company’s dealerships. VR provides a much better and simpler way to facilitate training programs and make them more accessible for the company’s entire North American dealer network.
TMH has deployed the Meta Quest VR headset to create and deliver virtual reality training programs. VR Vision is helping to create the 3D content and facilitate LMS integration, device setup, and change management consulting, among several other functions.
The two entities believe this modern and convenient training method is a low-cost and scalable alternative for businesses to facilitate routine training for new workers on existing and future products.
The collaborative multiplayer VR training simulation integrates digital twinning and modeling of material handling equipment to immerse the trainees in a fully 3D environment. They can then connect and interact with the truck, parts, and tools from across the globe.
TMH has deployed 300 units across its dealerships in North America and plans to further expand the program’s scope to more complicated maintenance and repair procedures for other complex systems.
“While the tech industry is busy debating what the metaverse will become, the team at Toyota Material Handling is staying ahead of the times by deploying secure and scalable virtual reality solutions,” said Roni Cerga, VR Vision CEO.
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