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And just how are drivers going to learn to operate those GPS-guided computer-controlled snowplows?  In a multi-zillion-dollar simulator, of course.

A few years ago the University of Utah put together a course for Utah Department of Transportation snowplow drivers.  It includes classroom time as well as training in motion-based truck simulators built by GE.

Dave Strayer, a U of U professor of psychology and “principal investigator on the snowplow training initiative” said that “the project would pay for itself in terms of savings in fuel, savings in driver safety, and increased public safety overall.”

That was back in ’03.  It’d be interesting to know if it actually did.  One things certain: this makes my excitement over seeing the season’s first “sand truck” seem downright lame.

UDOT’s Snowplow Drivers Utilize High-Tech Simulators to Improve Skills [U of U]

 

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