Are Simulators Really Driving The New Learning Techniques?
Did you know that pilots too learn to fly on simulators? Just like car driving simulators, pilots too practice on flight simulators to practice. There is no big difference between them as many details are similar like the visuals, controls, etc. Well, of course flying plane is not similar to driving a car but we are talking about learning specifically. While most people don't question the benefits of a flight simulator, this is different for a driving simulator. For both training devices all relevant skills are trained via procedures.
Hiring a plane and enrolling for the course is expensive, in terms of fuel, personnel, and flight costs, it is really high and not everyone is capable of taking that training due to the cost. A simulator then plays an important role here, simulators help them learn without really moving much. While car driving consists of a number of procedures too, driving is predominantly a visual-motor task.
Driving consists of a large number of tasks that must be executed simultaneously. When there is a lot of time pressure, for example when driving in dense traffic, attentional demands of driving can be very high. In a driving simulator these tasks can be practiced extensively until they are executed nearly automatic. In that case they require much less attention, and then task load will be reduced when driving in complex traffic situations. This automation training is something where car driving simulators differ from flight simulators. There are advanced driving simulators which involves a lot learning which the simple ones do not. There are simulators that give advanced courses virtually which given the driver a complete idea to operate and drive with confidence.
Virtual reality systems have been around since the seventies of the 20th century. The availability to the general public has been low because of the high cost and technical insufficiencies, for example, narrow field of view, inaccurate and slow head tracking that increases the lag between head movements and graphical updates, and poor resolution.
There are simulators which allow students to learn to drive trucks too. There are truck simulator systems which gives in depth training in truck driving. These are done for commercial vehicles of course. Gives a live example of a scenario, how driving on different roads are done, traffic rules, etc. are covered in the course. Virtually a student learns more than a teacher. Virtual learning is interactive and has helped many to gain more knowledge than a living teacher. More and more tools are being implemented in the simulator so that the learning is better. There are trainers who guide trainees to get maximum experience about learning on an integrated system. Trainees who learn on these systems might not be that educated as it is not necessary that they get a degree for this. Even a higher education pass-out student can learn to drive on a simulator. This helps them professional learning approach and most of all a very practical way to learn.