The national organization offering after-school programs for the youth, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, has partnered with The UPS Foundation to facilitate VR-powered safe driving education for teens.
The two entities will jointly upscale the UPS Road Code, a program that teaches safe driving techniques to teens to help them ‘drive change’ within their communities. The program will now deploy HTC VIVE Focus 3 headsets to provide an immersive and more engaging educational experience.
Since 2009, UPS Road Code has impacted over 60,000 teens at 265 Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide and across US military installations overseas. The program is available to teens in the age bracket of thirteen to eighteen and uses the same safety training that UPS facilitates for its own drivers. UPS employees serve as instructors to guide the teens through the safe driving program.
“The UPS Road Code program is incredibly important to equip teens with the skills they need to be safe and successful both on and off the road,” said Mike Belcher, Senior Vice President of Child Safety, Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
The virtual reality headsets would provide an immersive and better experience to the teens and would also help them prepare for future workforce training experiences. It will augment the impact of the UPS Road Code Program, enhancing the safety of young people across the country.
HTC’s VIVE Focus 3 headsets will offer 5k resolution, an ultra-wide 120-degree field of view, and exceptional immersion. Moreover, Atlanta-based VR training solutions firm, Foundry 45, has taken the UPS Road Code curriculum to another level through nine virtual reality skill packs incorporating three scenarios to facilitate the learning and practice of safe driving techniques.
“We are thrilled to be a part of such an impactful project for teens at Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation and on military installations overseas,” said Dave Beck, Founder & Managing Partner, Foundry 45.
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