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How can we gain and retain the next generation of technicians? Make training a game, say industry ex

Augmented reality and virtual reality training programs may be the next step to recruit and train young technician talent.

Date: 10/6/2019

As the trucking industry works to attract and retain talent, companies have been working to determine how to recruit the next generation of technicians.

Through the use of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) systems, companies like Design Industries have worked to provide interactive and engaging training methods. 

Matt Johnston, Division Head, Commercial Solutions, for Design Interactive; and Ken Calhoun, Fleet Optimization Manager for Altec Industries, shared insights on this topic during a training session titled Augmented Reality for Maintenance, at the American Trucking Associations' Management Conference Expo 2019 this week. 

VR and AR require the use of a specially designed headset or goggles. VR creates a fully simulated environment that places the user inside of the experience where they can interact in a three-dimensional environment. AR supplements an existing environment, through the use of a smartphone or camera. For example, the user would point their smartphone at the area, and additional videos or holograms could be built into the viewing screen, where the user can interact via the touchscreen.

Design Industries has developed a means for experts in the field to develop augmented reality (AR) training programs, through its Augmentor augmented reality product, which can be shared among fleets, suppliers, OEMs, and training schools.

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