All Nippon Airways to introduce VR safety training to enhance risk prediction and worker safety

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Japanese airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) has announced that it will soon be introducing virtual reality (VR) training designed to help its mechanics predict future risks and also improve safety in all aspects of aircraft operation.

According to the company, the latest VR Safety Training System will make use of 3D simulations of work environments in order to build real-world scenarios based on common work-related accidents. Those workers who would be participating in the VR training program will also actively participate in a series of narrated simulations, following instructions while performing a range of basic safety actions.

The use of virtual reality for training purposes is one with backing across industries. In December, defence contractor firm Raytheon launched a VR version of its portable V-22 trainer. As per the company, the Aircraft Functional V-22 Trainer-Virtual Reality is a fully immersive system that provides hyper-realistic training across all experience levels that also includes early-career aviation maintenance students and those who are engaged in continuing education. During the same period, airline simulation technology provider CAE launched its latest VR training system that can help militaries boost as well as reduce the cost of pilot training.

Additionally, in January the UCI School of Medicine has announced its collaboration with Chenega Healthcare Services and MedCognition on a study to examine the psychological effects of AR medical simulation training. The two-year study, titled, Assessment of the Psychological and Physiological Effects of Augmented Reality, which began in December 2019, has been provided with a £919,022 fund by the Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium. The study focused on whether pre-existing psychological traits or past stress experiences influence the AR medical training experience and moderate the emotional responses to the simulation.

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