One day after the Project meeting in Vienna ICT-INEX Consortium was invited to a driving centre in Teesdorf which belongs to ÖAMTC (Austrian Auto-, Bike- and Touringclub), the biggest driver training and assistance provider in Austria. The organization associates more than 2 million members, trains more than 100.000 drivers per year (taking into account passenger cars, truck and motorbikes) and has a total of 11 driving centres all across the country. It also presents a very innovative and open-minded approach to ICT-based training.
During the meeting representatives of both ICT-INEX and ÖAMTC introduced their professional profiles and explained the reason of interest in Virtual/Augmented Reality. Project partners were presented two tools implementing the VR technology into driver training. First, Samsung Drive was designed specifically to prevent the driver distraction deriving from the use of mobile phone while driving. The second tool is a mobile, VR-based driving simulator providing an automated feedback about driver performance. These tools will soon be implemented into the training curricula of ÖAMTC.
ICT-INEX Partners found the meeting very interesting, especially due to a possibility to hear the view of one of Europe's largest training providers on the innovative ICT in driver training. ÖAMTC representative was also enthusiastic about the ICT-INEX goals and expressed an interest in further cooperation.