Simulator shows risk of driving under the influence

Summary

A new 3D simulator developed by Responsible Young Drivers shows how alcohol and different kinds of drugs affect driving skills

Virtual reality

The volunteer organisation Responsible Young Drivers has developed a virtual reality simulator with which people can experience how it feels to drive under influence of alcohol or drugs. The simulator will be used for a prevention campaign, developed with the European Commission, in schools and other events across the country.

About one in 50 adults living in Flanders has used cannabis in the past month. Cannabis influences reaction times, co-ordination and memory. As a result, a driver under the influence of cannabis runs three times the risk of having an accident. Drivers under the influence of ecstasy increase their chances of an accident by 30 times. 

While most people who drive under the influence of alcohol are in their 40s and 50s, it’s younger men who most drive under the influence of drugs, said Responsible Young Drivers.

The organisation created the simulation using the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift. The user can choose from three driving modes: sober, under the influence of alcohol or under the influence of drugs. There are three further options of drug: hallucinogenics, sedatives and stimulants.

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