Drive Square Releases Low Cost, Light Weight, Fully Portable Driving Simulator for Novice and Student Drivers
Goal is to Further Reduce Traffic Crashes and Improve Road Safety
Drive Square's virtual reality trainers enable drivers to experience life-like driving conditions in the safety of a parked vehicle. These practice sessions enable individuals to improve their driving skills.
Its benefits also apply in healthcare applications as an aid for occupational therapists who train and screen older or disabled drivers. Other applications include commercial and military driver training, DUI/DWI and texting and driving prevention.
According to Kristin Smolenski of Drive Smart Virginia, who has used Drive Square Driving simulator for almost three years, "The Drive Square Simulator program is an innovative hands-on approach to educate people about the dangers of distracted or impaired driving. It allows participants to experience dangerous driving activities in a safe environment. 96% of high school student participants that have experienced our simulator program say they would recommend it to their peers. We have received tremendous feedback from the workplaces, schools, and communities where we have brought our simulator."
"The entry-level DS-575 driving simulator will let us better address the needs of both the novice driver education market and smaller prevention programs for DUI/DWI as well as texting and driving. This product still maintains the benefits of a full in-vehicle immersive experience. The DS-575 is the first full-vehicle simulator in the market to be priced under $10,000. We continue to follow our mission of bringing commercial and military simulation training technology to everyday drivers," said Konstantin Sizov of Drive Square, Inc.
About DRIVE SMART, Virginia:
DRIVE SMART Virginia, is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to educating drivers and raising traffic safety awareness. It was founded in 1995 by six of Virginia's insurance companies, including Allstate, GEICO, Nationwide, State Farm, USAA, and Virginia Farm Bureau. Since 1997, Erie Insurance, Farmers Group, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Liberty Mutual, Progressive, Rockingham Group, and Alfa Alliance have also joined the organization.
About Drive Square, Inc:
Drive Square, Inc., founded in 2001 is focused on the development, marketing and sale of patented driver training products and services, utilizing techniques adapted from commercial and flight training simulators. Technology was developed with help of SBIR grants from National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute on Aging (NIA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The company believes that the application of its technology to consumer, commercial, military and other applications will substantially improve drivers' skills and reduce accidents, providing significant economic and social benefits.