The HGV industry was under significant pressure due to a shortage of drivers. To fast-track driver recruitment and training, transport training provider Easy As HGV sought to implement innovative, effective solutions. Their challenge was to train new drivers efficiently, without compromising on safety and quality of instruction.
Easy As HGV partnered with Bristol-based team Virti to deploy fully immersive VR simulations for driver training. These simulations, filmed at an HGV driver training center in Surrey, enabled drivers to follow an instructor through core safety procedures and manoeuvres required to obtain an HGV license. Trainees could access the simulations from anywhere using VR/AR headsets, desktop, or mobile devices.
The VR training aimed to complement Easy As HGV's four-day intensive training course, helping trainees to consolidate their knowledge and practice their skills in a realistic environment. Furthermore, the Virti platform offered interactive modules with questions to test learner drivers' knowledge, boost retention, and help candidates develop a deeper understanding of key skills. It generated detailed data and analytics on candidate performance to identify gaps in their knowledge and foster improvement.
Simulations included interactive cockpit experiences allowing drivers to quickly familiarise themselves with the basics to shorten course time requirement. The primary focus was the Category C+E test, required for operating lorries that weigh over 3,500kg and a trailer over 750kg.
Enquiries to train with Easy As HGV accelerated by 400%, and the company trained up to 500 drivers per month.
With the implementation of VR training, Easy As HGV improved test performance by 25% and fast-track the training and acquisition process of large vehicle licenses, which typically takes eight to ten weeks.
Easy As HGV reported overwhelmingly positive feedback from candidates using the VR training modules.