UPS rewrites the rules of driver training using HTC Vive

The next time your UPS package arrives, VR likely played a part. The global leader in package delivery is now harnessing the power of Vive and virtual reality to train UPS package delivery drivers to ensure and practice safety on the road.

With more than 100,000 UPS vehicles in use each day around the world, safety, and prompt delivery are high priorities for UPS, and Vive is helping deliver on that promise.

Starting in September, UPS will start rolling out Vive in all nine of the UPS Integrad training facilities around the U.S., providing drivers with a realistic training environment using the most immersive VR available. Developed by UPS IT experts, this new training tool recreates the experience of driving a real delivery vehicle. Trainees learn to recognize and identify road hazards that could arise in their everyday delivery routes.

According to Juan Perez, UPS chief information and engineering officer:

“Virtual Reality offers a big technological leap in the realm of driver safety training.  VR creates a hyper-realistic streetscape that will dazzle even the youngest of our drivers whose previous exposure to the technology was through video games.”

Before these VR training simulations, trainees were taught to spot road hazards through touchscreen devices.

Many companies, like UPS, are turning to Vive for training their employees because of the high success rates compared to other methods. VR lessons can have higher retention rates and the immersive experiences can simulate real-world scenarios from the safety of a training facility.

So the next time a UPS package arrives safe and sound to your doorstep, you can give Vive a small piece of the credit.